Macys has been at Fiesta Mall since the mall opened 35 years-ago. It's one of the main stores that draw people into the mall in Mesa which is struggling to get people to shop there. Other shop owners fear that once Macys is gone so will the shoppers.
Souhaila Georges co-owner of Body Language, a store in the mall reacted to the news on Wednesday afternoon "Oh my god I'm really shocked, I did not expect it".
The concern is clear in Souhaila Georges eyes her shop has been open at the Fiesta Mall for the past three decades.
"I'm shocked because I thought that Macys was doing well they're the only big department store in the mall, Dillards is now a clearance center, and Sears does not have the same merchandise so they're the only big department store left in the mall" said Georges.
Wednesday Macys announced it will slash 2,500 jobs and close 5 stores as part of a cost cutting strategy to save 100 million dollars a year.
"34 years I have been here I am trying to hold as much as I can now it scares me with Macys closing" said George.
Customers we spoke with say they're not surprised Macys here is shutting down as you can see several stroes have gone before them and some say the selection here at this location is not that impressive.
"Just not a wide variety of selections so we're going to another one where I heard they have more" said Jose Zamora a shopper at the mall.
Other shoppers, including a customer who didn't want to be identified but called the mall "ghetto" part of the reason they feel Macys is leaving the mall. They added that the atmosphere at the mall made shoppers uncomfortable, "(the mall) became a park and swap where I would not come in, it makes you feel uncomfortable".
The change in clientele is also apparent so shop owners as well.
"They are very cautious they want bargains, they want to pay very little for everything because the people that are coming to the mall are not anymore the people with the money, it used to be the people with lots of money" said Georges.
Less stores, less foot traffic, more competition from nearby malls, it all leaves the future uncertain for those who do business here.
"I hope I will not be affected but I don't know, but I have to kind of wait and see" said Georges.
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