Bloomingdale’s to shutter Miami-Dade store

Bloomingdale's at The Falls shopping center is scheduled to close this spring (WPLG)

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The Bloomingdale’s store that survived Hurricane Andrew was unable to withstand the retail storm destroying brick-and-mortar establishments across the country.

The high-end department store’s Miami-Dade location at The Falls shopping center will be going out of business effective on Jan. 11.

“We are proud to have served our customers and the Miami community for the past 35 years and remain committed to serving our Florida customers at our four full line stores, three outlet stores and through online,” said Michael Hickey of Bloomingdale’s.

The move to close the store had been rumored for nearly a year as the struggling shopping center transitions to become more of an entertainment-based venue than a retail location. Simon Malls, which owns the mall, is thought to be considering a gym to put in the spot currently occupied by Bloomingdale’s.

With only 35 stores in the U.S., the closing of a store like Bloomingdale’s is a reminder that all is not well in the retail world.

The Bloomingdale’s at The Falls opened in 1984, but closed for over a year when it was severely damaged in Hurricane Andrew. The store reopened in late 1993 and has been an anchor at the mall ever since.