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Forget schlepping up to Woodbury Commons: More outlets are bringing the discounts to New York City. Macy's Inc. announced Tuesday that it will open its first four bargain stores this fall, in Brooklyn and Queens and on Long Island. Called Macy’s Backstage, the stores will test the off-price concept here before rolling it out to more locations, said a spokesman.
"Having the pilot locations in the New York area will allow the team to closely watch customer response and adjust as needed," he said.
The four locations are 2027 Emmons Ave. in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; Queens Plaaza in Elmhurst; New Hyde Park, L.I.; and Huntington, L.I. Macy’s Backstage division is based in Manhattan.
"We believe we can deliver a whole new level of value to customers who appreciate fashion and love to hunt for a bargain," said Peter Sachse, Macy's chief innovation and business development officer, in a statement, noting that the planning began about six months ago.
The stores, which will each be about 30,000 square feet and staffed by 30 employees, will include unsold clearance items from full-priced stores, as well as exclusives for the outlets from fashion brands. Items will range from 20% to 80% off the original prices.