CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Macy’s, Incorporated Wednesday announced a series of actions to streamline its store portfolio, intensify cost efficiency efforts and execute its real estate strategy. These actions bolster the company’s strategy to further invest in omnichannel capabilities, improve customer experience and create shareholder value. The actions include:
- The closure of 68 stores and the reorganization of the field structure that supports the remaining stores, reinforcing the strategy of fewer stores with better customer experience. These store closures are part of the approximately 100 closings announced in August 2016.
- The significant restructuring of the Macy’s, Inc. operations to focus resources on strategic priorities, improve organizational agility and reduce expense.
- The sale of properties consistent with the previously announced real estate strategy.
The actions announced today are estimated to generate annual expense savings of approximately $550 million, beginning in 2017, enabling the company to invest an additional $250 million in growing the digital business, store-related growth strategies, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage and China. These savings, combined with savings from initiatives implemented in early 2016, exceed the $500 million goal communicated in fall of 2015, one year earlier than expected.
“Over the past year, we have been focused and disciplined about making strategic decisions to position us to gain market share and return to growth over time. While we are pleased with the strong performance of our highly developed online business, as well as the progress we have made on selling and visual presentation programs and expense reduction initiatives in 2016, we continue to experience declining traffic in our stores where the majority of our business is still transacted. Given the overall trends challenging us and the broader retail industry, and the time needed to execute new strategies, we expect our 2017 change in comparable sales to be relatively consistent with our November/December sales trend,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “Our omnichannel strategies continue to evolve based on the changes in our customers’ shopping behaviors, including a focus on buy online, pickup in store and mobile-enabled shopping. In addition, we have invested in and enlarged our customer data and analytics team, which will help drive our new marketing strategies for 2017. Whether it is improving corporate agility, enhancing our customer engagement strategies, or continuing to capitalize on the potential value of our real estate assets, we remain focused on the actions that will ultimately improve our financial results and provide the greatest return for our shareholders.”
In conjunction with today’s announcement, approximately $250 million of charges or 50 cents per share (of which approximately $210 million is expected to be cash) are expected to be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016. These charges were not previously included in earnings guidance provided by the company and are in addition to the $249 million recorded in the second quarter as an estimate of asset impairment and other charges primarily related to 2016 store closings.
Store Portfolio Restructure
The company today announced 68 Macy’s store closings (out of a current total of 730 Macy’s stores). Of the 68, three closed mid-year, 63 will be closed in early spring 2017 and two will be closed in mid-2017. Three other locations were sold, or are to be sold, and are being leased back. (A list of planned store closings, as well as store openings, is included at the end of this news release.) The company intends to opportunistically close approximately 30 additional stores over the next few years as leases or operating covenants expire or sale transactions are completed.
As a result of closing 63 Macy’s stores in early 2017, along with the three closed mid-year 2016, the company’s 2017 sales are expected to be negatively impacted by approximately $575 million. This reflects the company’s ability to retain sales at nearby stores and on macys.com through targeted marketing and merchandising efforts.
Associates displaced by store closings may be offered positions in nearby stores where possible. Eligible full-time and part-time associates who are affected by the store closings will be offered severance benefits. The company estimates that 3,900 associates will be displaced as a result of these closures.
“As we’ve noted, it is essential that we maintain a healthy portfolio of the right stores in the right places. Our plan to close approximately 100 stores over the next few years is an important part of our strategy to help us right-size our physical footprint as we expand our digital reach. We are closing locations that are unproductive or are no longer robust shopping destinations due to changes in the local retail shopping landscape, as well as monetizing locations with highly valued real estate,” Lundgren said. “These are never easy decisions, and we are committed to treating associates affected by these closings with respect and transparency.”
Four new Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores are currently planned and/or under construction, as previously announced. In addition, new Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores are planned to open in Abu Dhabi, and one Bloomingdale’s store is planned to open in Kuwait, all under license agreements with Al Tayer Group. The company also plans to continue its expansion of Macy’s Backstage (within Macy’s stores) and Bluemercury (freestanding and within Macy’s stores).
Efficiency and Expense Reduction Initiatives
To address the need for greater efficiency and productivity, Macy’s, Inc. will implement the following changes in early 2017:
- Restructuring its central organization with a focus on eliminating layers of management to reduce costs while improving decision making and agility.
- Intensifying efforts to reduce non-payroll costs companywide by achieving lower pricing and reducing consumption to deliver sustainable savings.
- Making changes to the way stores are operated and reducing field infrastructure given the reduced store sales and evolving customer behavior.
The company estimates that these actions will result in a headcount reduction of approximately 6,200.
The company continues to drive shareholder value through ongoing real estate initiatives. As previously communicated, the three prongs of the real estate strategy are: flagship assets, closure of approximately 100 stores and creating value from the remaining real estate portfolio. Since the end of the third quarter, Macy’s, Inc. has completed the following transactions that, in total, resulted in the receipt of approximately $95 million of cash proceeds and gain recognition of approximately $56 million:
- Sale of the Stonestown store in San Francisco, CA, to General Growth Properties (GGP). Macy’s, Inc. will lease this store back from GGP as that company develops plans for this location.
- Sale of the downtown Portland, OR, store (announced in the third quarter release).
In addition, the company has signed an agreement to sell the downtown Minneapolis store to the 601W Companies, whose intention is to redevelop the building into creative office space on the upper floors and to pursue retail opportunities on the street and skywalk levels. This transaction is expected to close by fiscal year end.
Macy’s store closure list:
Greenwood, Bowling Green, KY
Carolina Place, Pineville, NC
Douglaston, Douglaston, NY
Downtown Portland, Portland, OR
Lancaster Mall, Salem, OR
Oakwood Mall, Eau Claire, WI
Lakeview Square Mall, Battle Creek, Michigan
Eastland Center, Harper Woods, Michigan
Lansing, Lansing, Michigan
Westland, Westland, Michigan
Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Northgate, Durham, North Carolina
Columbia, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Moorestown, Moorestown, New Jersey
Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees, New Jersey
Preakness, Wayne, New Jersey
Cottonwood, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada
Great Northern, Clay, New York
Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, New York
The Marketplace, Rochester, New York
Landmark, Alexandria, Virginia
River Ridge, Lynchburg, Virginia
Everett, Everett, Washington
Three Rivers, Kelso, Washington
Valley View, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Southwest Center, Dallas, Texas
Sunland Park, El Paso, Texas
Greenspoint, Houston, Texas
West Oaks Mall, Houston, Texas
Pasadena Town Square, Pasadena, Texas
Collin Creek, Plano, Texas
Broadway Square, Tyler, Texas
Eastland, Columbus, Ohio
Sandusky, Sandusky, Ohio
Fort Steuben, Steubenville, Ohio
Promenade, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Neshaminy, Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Shenango Valley, Hermitage, Pennsylvania
Beaver Valley, Monaca, Pennsylvania
Lycoming, Muncy, Pennsylvania
Plymouth Meeting, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Washington Crown Center, Washington, Pennsylvania
Parkdale, Beaumont, Texas
Layton Hills, Layton, Utah
Cottonwood, Salt Lake City, Utah
Simi Valley Town Center, Simi Valley, CA (men’s/home/kids)
Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Dublin, OH (furniture/home/kids/men’s)
Mission Valley Apparel, San Diego, CA
Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, California
Lakeland Square, Lakeland, Florida
Oviedo Marketplace, Oviedo, Florida
Sarasota Square, Sarasota, Florida
University Square, Tampa, Florida
CityPlace, West Palm Beach, Florida
Georgia Square, Athens, Georgia
Nampa Gateway Center, Nampa, Idaho
Alton Square, Alton, Illinois
Stratford Square, Bloomingdale, Illinois
Eastland, Bloomington, Illinois
Jefferson, Louisville, Kentucky
Esplanade, Kenner, Louisiana
Bangor, Bangor, Maine
Westgate, Brockton, Massachusetts
Silver City Galleria, Taunton, Massachusetts