By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Victorville) – Score a big win for the High Desert and the Mall of Victor Valley! Macy’s announced Wednesday that it will open a new store in the mall in mid-2013. Macy’s will take over the space left vacant by Gottchalks in 2009. It will be renovated and expanded from the current 72,000-square feet to 103,000-square feet.
An estimated 140 jobs will be created when the store opens, according to the company’s press release.
“Our Victorville store will be the first Macy’s in that rapidly growing city, and we look forward to meeting and engaging new customers,” said Ron Klein, Macy’s chief stores officer in a news release. “We will be tailoring our merchandise assortments of well-known brands to local customer needs, with an emphasis on the distinctive fashion, obvious value and exciting shopping experience for which Macy’s is known.”
Victor Valley residents are greeting the news with great excitement. Victorville resident Raushel Snedeker said, “That made my day!”
Isabel Mirus Borders, who lives in Hesperia, said, “Wow, that’s very positive for Victorville, and a great source of jobs. I guess it proves that our economy is doing a little better. No store on that level opens without previously testing the market. Time to shop!”
When Victorville resident Bess Kline heard the news, she said, “It’s wonderful! Now I can buy my perfume here.”
Carlos Velasquez, who also lives in Victorville, said, “My wife will LOVE IT. She will be in there all day!”
Macy’s announced three new locations today – along with the Victorville store there will be two new stores in New York. There are three other previously announced Macy’s stores that are in various stages of construction in Salt Lake City, Southridge Mall in Greendale, WI, and Gurnee Mills in Gurnee, IL.
Macy’s, Inc. today reported strong third quarter earnings that reflect ongoing sales growth and success in implementing the company’s key business strategies. Earnings were 32 cents per diluted share for the third quarter of 2011, ended Oct. 29, 2011. Earlier this month they reported sales were up 2% for the month of October.