Macy's Opens New Fresno & Visalia Locations

October 28, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The closing of several Gottschalk's department stores was a huge blow to the Central Valley, but now Macy's is hoping to pick up where they left off. In just a few hours, Macy's will have its official opening for two new stores in former Gottschalk's locations, one in Visalia and one in Fresno.

The opening of these department stores will impact the valley in 2 ways, financially and emotionally. It's putting a lot people to work and giving others hope at a time when many jobs are still being eliminated.

Macy's hired hundreds of people in Visalia and Fresno to sell shoes, perfume, and cosmetics and a lot of these employees are former Gottschalk's workers.

The River Park store is just about 5 miles away from the Fashion Fair Macy's, but store managers promise a much difference experience at the new 2-story store.

"Lot of traffic, with the theater, the outdoor malls it has an environment that is different than a mall setting," said Macy's Store Manager Deena Cota.

Last Saturday, store managers of the new locations at River Park and the Visalia Mall held a one-day charity shopping event that benefitted shoppers and the community.

Customers got a sneak-peek at the new stores and bought $10-dollar tickets from dozens of charities around the valley. The tickets gave them special discounts and the money stayed in the community benefitting more than 20 charities.


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