Macy's leaving Laurel?

Macy's, long the anchor store at Laurel Mall, could be leaving the city limits. At a City Hall in the Park June 22 at Roland B. Sweitzer Park, Mayor Craig Moe told residents that redevelopment plans for Laurel Mall call for the entire structure to be torn down, including the Macy's building.

"I suspect that Macy's wants to go to Konterra, a regional shopping center," City Council President Michael Leszcz said, referring to the mega mixed-use development planned for the outskirts of Laurel near I-95. "We knew that could happen, but again, I'm speculating."

In the past, mall owners have touted Macy's as one of only two permanent tenants at the mall (the other being Burlington Coat Factory), and had seen the well-known store as a magnet to attract other high-end tenants.

But when asked this week about the possibility of Macy's leaving the mall when it is renovated, mall part owner and developer Brian Gibbons said in an e-mail message, "I cannot comment on Macy's plans as they are a current tenant at the mall. Any questions about Macy's plans should be directed to them."

Macy's officials were not available to comment.

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