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Next move for Medley Center?
Irondequoit, N.Y. - For Irondequoit resident Michelle Wansha, the Macy's at the Medley Centre offered a dash of convenience.
Oh, all the time, I stop by on my way home from work, Wansha said.
And like many residents, news of its closing was disappointing, especially since the mall has sat empty for so long.
It's just been so frustrating to watch this property sit here cause it was such a beautiful concept in the beginning and watching it just kind of sit here and not get utilized in some way, Wansha said.
It's just a surprise, Medley Centre shopper Teri Mayer said. It's come out of nowhere. I know a lot of people come here and they're going to miss it. There's no other stores around here so now I got to go out to Eastview or Marketplace to come to one of these.
What surprised economist Kent Gardner, is that Macy's didn't leave sooner.
They're just not running a lot of traffic, that's what happens when a mall is crippled as this one is, Gardner said.
The site has been the center of controversy for several years surrounding the owner, Scott Congels tax breaks and the uncertainty of future development.
But Gardner says there may be a silver lining.
This perhaps will make it easier to sell the entire site and position the site for something else, Gardner said.
Whatever those future plans might be.
I wouldn't mind a nice hotel and casino, Mayer said.
Our hope is we find some way to utilize this space that's going to help the community again, Wansha said.
The move comes as Macys announced it is laying off 2,500 employees across the country in hopes of reducing costs and growing profits.
82 employees at the Medley Centre store are expected to lose their jobs.
Macys says it will work to relocate those workers to other area stores.
No word if the other three Macys stores in the Rochester area will be impacted.
Irondequoit Town Supervisor Adam Bellow released the following statement below:
This is a sad day for the employees and their families who work for Macys nationwide, and particularly here in Irondequoit. I have spoken with Macys and understand that this is part of a national restructuring, and they have assured me that they will work with employees to try and relocate them to other area stores.
Todays announcement also underscores why development at Medley Centre is critical to the economic wellbeing of Irondequoit, and why agreements made to develop the property must and will be enforced.