Casper’s Macy’s store to close in early 2019

Casper's Macy's, originally a Bon Marché, has been a prominent anchor at Eastridge Mall for decades. It will close early next year, joining Sears in the list of iconic American retail brands leaving Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Casper will be losing another prominent retailer in 2019.

In an email to Oil City News, a spokesperson for Macy’s, Inc. confirmed rumors that Macy’s in Eastridge Mall has been slated for closure.

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“After careful consideration, Macy’s has decided to close its Casper Eastridge, Wyoming store in early 2019,” stated the email. “A clearance sale will begin in mid-January 2019 and run for 8-12 weeks.”

The email said regular, non-seasonal employees will be eligible for severance and outplacement resources. The email did not say how many employees will be affected.

“The decision to close a store is always a difficult one, but Macy’s is delighted to have served the Casper community over the past 35 years,” continued the email.

Calls to Casper’s Macy’s store and to the Eastridge Mall office were not returned by deadline.

The Macy’s location was originally known as The Bon Marché before its parent company merged with Federated Department Stores, which was then the owner of Macy’s. In time, all of the regional department stores acquired by the company over the years were rebranded as Macy’s.

Macy’s has been an iconic American retailer for generations. According to Macy’s website, the store started in 1854 as a dry goods business in New York. It evolved into a full-fledged department store in the following decades, and now holds a distinctive place in American pop culture with its massive flagship New York store and annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

The news of Macy’s closure comes as Casper’s Eastridge Mall is facing the loss of another prominent tenant. Sears announced earlier this year that it will close its Casper location as the company struggles to stay afloat.

A number of traditional retailers across the country have had their businesses disrupted by online shopping, particularly by powerhouse Amazon.