Macy’s to close Kailua store with clearance sale in early 2016

Macy’s is saying goodbye to Kailua.

The company chose not to renew the lease for its Kailua Road location, which ends on Dec. 31, 2015.

“We understand they may want to stay a little longer, a request we are happy to try to accommodate,” said Jon Moyer, A&B properties director of asset management, Kailua.

Macy’s says it will continue to operate the store without disruption through 2015, with a final clearance sale planned for early spring 2016.

The store employs approximately 70 people and Macy’s says it will try to place as many associates as possible in nearby stores.

Macy’s Kailua, with 59,000 square feet, was first opened as Liberty House in 1946. It converted to the Macy’s nameplate in 2006.

“We are delighted to have been part of the Kailua community over the decades and look forward to continuing to serve our local customers at Macy’s seven other current locations on Oahu, as well as our new store scheduled to open in 2016 in Ka Makana Alii in Kapolei,” said a company spokeswoman.

As for what could take its place, Moyer said, “We will now evaluate our options to make the best use of the space with the goal of retaining the character of the building. It’s important to us that we preserve Kailua’s charm while providing the community a place to gather, and new restaurant and shopping options. We are truly saddened by Macy’s decision to leave Kailua.”

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