Report: The downtown Seattle Macy’s is closing

Sep 28, 2019, 3:50 PM | Updated: Oct 8, 2019, 5:17 pm

Macy's, seattle...



The 2019 holiday season will be the last for the downtown Seattle Macy’s. The department store is closing up shop in the Emerald City.

Unlikely lasting legacy, melody of the Bon Marche

The Seattle Times reports that clearance sales are slated for January 2020. The store will close for good in February. Employees were notified of the closure on Friday, and about Macy’s intention to sell the building.

Locals are quite familiar with the corner of Third Avenue and Pine Street. The store was previously the site of Seattle-founded Bon Marche. Macy’s took over the downtown retail location in 2003.

Macy’s stores in Bell Square, Alderwood, and Southcenter will remain open.

Little is known about the reasons for the closure, though many retail stores have strained under the rise of online shopping. The Times notes that while Macy’s occupies three floors of the downtown building, Amazon has offices in the top six.

The corner of Third and Pine has also become notorious for its crime. Employees at nearby offices have come to refer to this stretch of Third Avenue as “Stab Alley.” This area was also part of Seattle’s 9.5 blocks plan in 2015 which involved mass arrests of drug dealers and other suspects. Two years later, crime was noticeably on the rise again along Third Avenue.

Macy’s has not commented on its reasons, crime or otherwise, for closing the downtown store or its sale of the building.

This story was originally published Sept. 28, 2019.

MyNorthwest News

Photo: Lund Hill solar farm in Klickitat County, Washington, the state’s largest photovoltaic pla...

Julia Dallas

Washington receives over $150M to implement solar, lower energy costs

On Monday, The EPA announced Washington has been selected to get $156M to develop long-lasting solar programs for low-income communities.

9 hours ago

Image: Buddy Booth is seen as a young adult. Episodes of Season 2 of The Letter from KSL Podcasts a...

Amy Donaldson - executive producer, KSL Podcasts

The Letter Season 2: Sense of dread precedes second 1982 Millcreek Canyon murder

The second episode of the second season of The Letter, "Ripple Effect," details the second man killed in a 1982 double murder.

10 hours ago

Photo: West Seattle High School students held a pro-Palestinian protest....

James Lynch

Western Washington students walk out against Israel-Hamas war

Around 100 West Seattle High School students joined other groups across the nation in protesting against the Israel-Hamas war.

13 hours ago

Boeing production floor...

Heather Bosch

Boeing engineers allege retaliation over safety concerns

Two Boeing engineers have alleged retaliation by the company’s management after they insisted on a re-evaluation of work on the 787 and 777.

13 hours ago



Seattle Children’s Hospital won’t turn over gender-affirming care records in lawsuit

The Texas Attorney General is dropping a request for Seattle Children's Hospital to hand over records regarding gender-affirming treatment.

14 hours ago

Red Cross...

Bill Kaczaraba

South King Fire offering free smoke alarm installation for Federal Way residents

The American Red Cross is set to host a home fire safety event, Sound the Alarm, on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

16 hours ago

Report: The downtown Seattle Macy’s is closing