Shoppers Concerned as Anchor Stores Close in Local Malls

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MUNCY TOWNSHIP -- Shoppers in central Pennsylvania are upset after finding out two large stores in their malls are closing.

Sears will close at the Susquehanna Valley Mall and Macy's at the Lycoming Mall.

The websites for both the Susquehanna Valley Mall and the Lycoming Mall said Sears and Macy's will close by springtime.

Shoppers walked out of Sears at the Susquehanna Valley Mall with full shopping bags and heavy hearts. The people Newswatch 16 spoke with aren't happy that the store is closing by the end of March.

"I think it's a shame," said Rustin Kerstetter of Port Trevorton. "It's been here for years and years and years, it was one of the anchor stores at the mall. I don't know where you're going to go to get stuff you got at Sears."

Sears announced this week it is closing 150 Kmart and Sears stores including this one. It is also selling off its Craftsman tool brand.

"It's not good because they closed the one up at the Columbia Mall and now they closed this one," said Cheryl Pritchard of Danville.

Shoppers in Lycoming County feel the same way. Macy's announced it is closing 68 stores nationwide, including the store at the Lycoming Mall.

"I think it's a sad thing," said Pam Barletta of Williamsport. "I think it's something the economy, especially in this area, I'm sure it's going to be dearly missed by all."

Shoppers said they're worried about the future of shopping malls in general.

"I think it's going downhill. My wife shops more than I do and she said over the years she's seen that the mall has lost business," said Kerstetter.

"Especially with the online sales, you basically can purchase anything from vehicles to paper products online anymore," added Barletta.

The general manager at the Lycoming Mall put out a note saying Macy's owns its own building and does not pay rent and this was a Macy's corporate decision. The Lycoming Mall is trying to find another store to fill the space.


  • bobc74

    I bet the owners of he Susquehanna Valley Mall are really glad they built that new wing onto the Mall a few years ago. What a huge waste of money that was!

  • Sam I Am

    This happens all the time, a store closes ( big or small ), and everyone comments on how they will miss the store, even though they rarely shopped there.
    Ever hear of those little grocery or hardware stores in towns & neighborhoods where you can walk to get a few needed items, or maybe send your child on an errand, well there was a time my friend, but now you have to get in your car and drive ( even more fun in the winter) to get those little things.

  • Ken

    Let me put it this way…stores at malls in depressed areas recognize nobody wants to live there and make the business decision to focus on locations of strong growth opportunitity. The omni channel retailer does not need many stores. Less stores equals higher profits. Furthermore, If you’re angry and “disgusted” by change, wake up! If you don’t know how to shop online, find your nearest 6 year old and they’ll show you how its done.

    • Sam I Am

      Keep shopping online and skip the local stores and when something like your washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator or your computer pukes, good luck getting the replacement fast.

      • les

        You can buy online and still have the items serviced.
        The days of the old mom and pop corner store are over. I’m not happy with it either, but it is what it is.

      • Sam I Am

        Most items today are throw away items especially computers,
        I bet you buy clothes & shoes on line too without ever knowing how they will fit.

  • no one remembers

    Didnt anyone ever remember rhe merger between kmart and sears years and yrs ago? They were going downhill since then if they had to merger. Thats when I stopped shopping at either store. Because I knew then , they both would be on their way out. Like the caldors, bradlees,Aames,zayres, before them

  • Joe Shopper

    The stores pushed the bigger is better model. They over expanded. Online is the best. A disabled person does not want to spend the day at the store. I ran into attitude when a store would not order an item (Weis) I spoke to the manager and corporate head quarters to get them to stock mocha coffee- the same flavor the people pay $5 for a cup of in coffee shops. I tried for 6 months to get Weis to stock mocha ground coffee. I looked online and found several places to order it from. Weis is “still looking” for mocha coffee. This is just one item- one item alone wont break a store- but over time folks will consider the price point on things they buy. The customer is always right.

  • Steve

    So, as more people shop online and drive brick and mortar stores into closing, this will have a ripple effect. Cities, townships, and counties rely upon sales tax revenues as part of the monies to operate, and closing stores will mean the taxpayer will have to make up that lost revenue.

    • Joe Shopper

      I would not rush for more tax. The online world does not realize that some items are not taxable in PA.

      • Sam I Am

        Steve’s comment was not about a sales tax, it was about local taxes such as, county, school Etc.
        These taxes will surely rise as did the gasoline tax that just went into affect in part to the states lost revenue from more todays fuel efficient vehicles.

  • wnepcommenter

    “The general manager at the Lycoming Mall put out a note saying Macy’s owns its own building and does not pay rent and this was a Macy’s corporate decision. The Lycoming Mall is trying to find another store to fill the space.”

    So if Macy’s own the building how is the mall trying to rent it out? How could you, as ‘journalists’, not ask this question?

    • Derp

      Watch the video, “We tried to contact Macy’s to ask about that no rent claim, but have not heard back”

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