By Jordan Mazza

 

SWANSEA, MA (WLNE) -- After three decades, Macy's is having its swan song in Swansea.

The department store announced it will close the Swansea mall location, likely by March.

"The decision to close a store is always a difficult one," said Macy's spokeswoman Emily Hawkins. "But Macy’s is delighted to have served the Swansea community over the past 30 years."

Shoppers say they're saddened but not surprised.

"I feel like it's definitely one of the major chain stores," said Alexandria Dube of Swansea. "And I can see why they're leaving, because they're probably not getting a lot of business and they can get it elsewhere."

The announcement comes as town selectman Christopher Carreiro proposes a dramatic re–development plan for the mall.

"I was sad to see the employees not have a job, and we want to see that they're placed someplace and continue to go to work," Carreiro said. "But at the same time hopefully a redevelopment plan will open up more opportunities for employment."

Carreiro says the Macy's departure will actually make it easier for the property to be redeveloped as a mixed–use site.

He hopes the town can use eminent domain to lift restrictions and find a buyer for the property, and he says residents are passionate about its future.

"I'm not used to getting that type of feedback from constituents," Carreiro said. "So people's hearts are in this. They want to see something happen."

 

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