As Paula Delpech searched for a new pair of ankle boots at Macy’s, she worried about what the store closure means for the stores' employees and the economy.

“What else do we have but Macy’s?” the UF nursing professor said.

The Oaks Mall location is one of 11 stores closing nationwide in 2018, as part of the franchise’s 100-store closure announced in August 2016, according to a press release from Macy’s. The historic downtown Miami location is the only other Macy’s closing in Florida. Store associates were notified about the closure Jan. 3.

A clearance sale in both Florida stores will begin Monday and continue through mid-March.

The Oaks Mall has not announced what will replace Macy’s, a mall representative, Marissa Ellenby, wrote in an email. 

Dillard's recently announced it intends to expand into Macy's current space, doubling its size, according to the Gainesville Sun

The closures will allow the company to focus on both brick and mortar and online shopping equally, the Macy’s press release said. The corporation expects to save $300 million by closing the 11 stores in 2018 and reducing production cost.

Gloria Parker, a UF Health Shands Hospital nurse, shops at Macy’s for after-Christmas sales and is disappointed to see the store close.

“I’m from the older generation, and we never did online shopping,” she said. “I know people think it’s convenient, but I want to go pick up things, feel textures. Things like that you can’t do online.”

Macy's Locations Closing

  • Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA
  • Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
  • Novato (Furniture), Novato, CA
  • Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco, CA
  • The Oaks Mall, Gainesville, FL
  • Miami (downtown), Miami, FL
  • Magic Valley Mall, Twin Falls, ID
  • Honey Creek Mall, Terre Haute, IN
  • Birchwood Mall, Fort Gratiot Township, MI
  • Fountain Place, Cincinnati, OH
  • Burlington Town Center, Burlington, VT

Contact Amanda Rosa at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @amandanicrosa.

This story was updated Jan. 12, 2017, to include Dillard's intention to expand into Macy's space.