Woodman’s seeks to replace Macy’s

Woodman’s Food Market is seeking permission from Bloomingdale to demolish the former Macy’s department store at Stratford Square Mall to make room for a stand-alone grocery store.

Officials hope the proposed 24-hour grocery store will attract more customers to Stratford, which has lost two anchor stores and is poised to lose a third.

“There aren’t many big-box retailers left,” Village Administrator Pietro Scalera said. “So the village felt this use would help generate traffic, which hopefully will have a trickle-down effect. Perhaps more people will visit the mall.”

The Carson’s department store chain is in the process of closing its remaining stores, including the one at Stratford, as a result of a bankruptcy sale of its parent company. Meanwhile, the Macy’s space at Stratford has been vacant since that store closed in March 2017. The mall’s J.C. Penney store closed in 2014.

Shortly after the closing of Macy’s, Stratford’s owners approached the village and indicated they were in discussions with Woodman’s to tear down the Macy’s and part of the mall next to it.

The Wisconsin-based grocer wants to build a 247,000-square-foot grocery store on roughly 19 acres. It would not be attached to the mall.

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