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The Idaho survivors of the retail apocalypse

The Macy’s at Boise Towne Square Mall. File photo.

Macy’s rocked the world of retail on Feb. 4 when the company announced the closure of 125 additional stores and loss of 2,000 corporate positions.

The flip side of this story is that, other than the shuttering of the Lewiston Macy’s, announced on Jan. 7, there are no further Macy’s closures for Idaho  ̶  for now. That may or may not mean very much, because there are only three Macy’s stores left in the state, in Boise, Idaho Falls and Coeur d’Alene.

Several other retails chains also announced more store closures since the beginning of the year five short weeks ago, including Bed Bath & Beyond, JCPenney, Pier 1, The Gap, and Hallmark. This is in additional to other retailers like A. C. Moore, Sears and Kmart, which have also closed numerous stores.

Out of all of these, only A. C. Moore is closing Idaho stores in the short term. Its parent company, Nicole Crafts of Berlin, New Jersey, announced in November 2019 that it would shut down all 145 A. C. Moore stores. The store locations are all east of the Mississippi with the exception of its two Idaho outlets in Idaho Falls and Rexburg.

The company’s corporate office did not reply to inquiries on its Idaho closures, but a member of the management team at the Idaho Falls store told the Idaho Business Review that she did not have a date for closure, but expected to know by the middle of February.

Bed Bath and Beyond announced the shuttering of 40 stores on Jan. 21, but again none were in Idaho. The retailer has eight stores left in the state, in Nampa, Meridian, Boise, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Moscow and Coeur d’Alene.

JCPenney said in January that it would close six department stores, but not any of the eight left in Idaho in Boise, Nampa, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Lewiston, Coeur d’Alene and Ponderay.

Recently, Pier 1 issued a news release that is would close 450 stores, which is half of its retail operations. None of those were in Idaho. Pier 1 has six outlets left in Idaho in Boise, Meridian, Lewiston, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Coeur d’Alene.

The Gap added 29 stores in the U.S. to its closure list on Jan. 29. The clothing retailer has hardly any presence left in Idaho, with one store in Boise and one in Meridian. Both are staying open for now. The Gap did announce that it was no longer pursuing the split off of its Old Navy brand on Jan. 16. There are five Old Navy stores in Idaho in Boise, Idaho Falls, Meridian, Moscow, and Nampa. The Gap also owns Banana Republic, which has one Idaho store in Boise, and Athleta, with one Idaho store in Meridian.

According to an investigation by Business Insider published on Jan. 30, 16 Hallmark stores will close in the first half of 2020, though none are in Idaho. There are six Hallmark outlets left in Idaho in Meridian, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint.

Other retail survivors in Idaho include one Forever 21 store in Boise, seven Sears and two Kmarts.

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