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Macy’s to close its Belmont store

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Macy’s Inc. plans to close its Belmont store, along with five others, laying off 101 local workers.

The Belmont store opened in 1978 as a Filene’s and became a Macy’s in 2006, when Macy’s Inc. bought May Department Stores.

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The other stores being shuttered, Macy’s said Thursday, include the Bloomingdale’s Fashion Home Store in Las Vegas and Macy’s locations in Pasadena, Calif.; Honolulu; St. Paul; and Houston. A total of 634 workers will be laid off, though some may be offered positions elsewhere.

“We remain committed to operating a successful . . . business as part of our company’s omni­channel strategy for serving customers wherever, whenever, and however they prefer to shop,” said Karen M. Hoguet, chief financial officer. “This leads us to open new stores where we see the opportunity to fill gaps in important markets, as well as to make the tough decision to selectively close underperforming stores.”

Clearance sales will begin the week of Jan. 6. The stores will close early in the spring.

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