Macy's Department Stores has decided to close five of it's stores along with four Bloomingdale's stores due to low business sales.
Among the five Macys and four Bloomingdales Stores that are closing two are here in Maryland; one in Bethesda and the other in is Laurel.
Macys is blaming the closures on under performance. More than 830 workers around the country will be affected by the closings, around 375 employees at Macy's stores and 463 employees at Bloomingdale's.
Many employees may have the option of taking jobs at new stores the company plans to open. Macys previously announced that the company was planning to open five new Macys stores and one replacement store but none of those will be in Maryland.
Clearance sales will start on Sunday at the stores that are closing and run for 10 weeks.
Among the Macys stores that will close are Topeka, Kansas; Laurel, Maryland; Parma, Ohio ; Antioch, Tennessee and Texas City, Texas.
As for Bloomingdale's the closures are in Atlanta; Oak Brook, Illinois; North Bethesda, Maryland and The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Macys issued a statement saying: "We continue to be committed to maintaining a healthy portfolio of stores that allows us to focus on growth from our best and most productive locations".
As for the workers who will be laid off especially here in Maryland, Macys says the company will offer severance benefits.