Sears announced Thursday that its Macon Mall store is one of 79 that will close in 2012, but owners of the mall say the loss of one of its original anchor stores is not all bad news.
“We’re sorry to see Sears leave the market,” said John Gibson of Hull Storey Gibson, which bought the mall last year. “They’re not moving to another location. They’re actually leaving the market. That’s an important distinction in that unfortunately they did not succeed in Macon. They didn’t connect to our customer, therefore they think that (closing) is in their best interest.
“On the other hand, as the owners of the mall, frankly we see this as a positive development. An enclosed mall is a retail venue, and in order to succeed we need to have successful retailers. When Sears wasn’t succeeding here, the truth is that actually hurt the mall.”
After a poor showing in the holiday shopping season, Sears said earlier this week that it was targeting 100 to 120 of its Sears and Kmart stores for closure next year. The Macon store is one of six in Georgia on the closings list released Thursday, and the only location in Middle Georgia.
The list of Kmart store closings did not include any in Middle Georgia.
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