Macy’s to Open an Outlet in Chicagoland?

May 24, 2011 • Fashion Blog, Retail Detail

According to WWD, Macy’s is opening a 140,000-square-foot unit in Gurnee Mills in Gurnee, Ill. just outside Chicago in spring 2013, representing the retailer’s first store in an outlet center.

Don’t expect outlet prices though. The Macy’s will be in a wing being redeveloped into a setting for full-price stores. “The addition of Macy’s as part of our new full-price retail wing creates a true hybrid destination with a combination of full-price, outlet and value retail selections,” said Gregg Goodman, president of The Mills, a division of Simon Property Group Inc. “The most frequent request we get is for true one-stop shopping incorporating the best of retail.” Gurnee Mills has more than 200 stores including Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Off 5th, Forever 21, H&M, as well as outlets for Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nike, among others.

I have personally been to Gurnee Mills, but for outlet shopping. I certainly would not want to drive all that way for full retail. I could get that downtown, closer to home. Will this concept work? Time will tell. Hey, everyone though Macy’s was going to be a miserable flop in Chicago when they first took over, what was that department store? Oh yeah, Marshall Fields.

Source: WWD

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