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Macy’s brings off-price Backstage concept to Great Lakes Mall in Mentor (photos) |

Macy’s brings off-price Backstage concept to Great Lakes Mall in Mentor (photos)

MENTOR, Ohio – If you look at shopping more like a treasure hunt and an adventure into saving money, then you’ll want to visit Macy’s Backstage, a new concept store found inside some existing Macy’s locations that offers lower prices, more fashion brands and items not typically found inside Macy’s. The newest location, one of only two in Ohio, opens this Saturday in Macy’s at Great Lakes Mall in Mentor. The other is in Cincinnati.

The 17,000-square-foot store located on Macy’s first floor, is best described as a mashup between an outlet store and Marshalls. You’ll be hard pressed to find many clothing items over $20 and you will find on-trend, in-season fashions and decor for all ages. This is not a clearance department by any means. Shoppers will continue to find sale and clearance items within Macy’s other departments.

Backstage offers clothing, accessories and shoes for women, men and children. Children’s shoes have not been offered at Macy’s in the past and a selection of extended sizes in women’s shoes is also available. There are extended sizes in adult clothing, as well and you’ll find cosmetics, nail and hair care, eclectic home goods, kitchen tools, pet accessories, jewelry and watches, luggage, gifts, active wear, toys, electronics and more. You’ll even find those fun items on the checkout line like gourmet snacks and cell phone accessories.

At Backstage, shoppers will find new brands and familiar ones in styles not found in other parts of Macy’s. So, if you like Dooney Bourke or Michael Kors handbags, you can find the brand in Macy’s and in Backstage stores, but you will find different styles. Backstage is a place to visit often as new shipments of fresh inventory arrive several times a week, if not daily.

Backstage employs a separate buying office tasked with finding a constantly changing assortment of goods at 20 to 80 percent off of traditional department store prices. The point is to give shoppers an additional place to browse, a place to find lower priced items within Macy’s where they can still use their Macy’s credit card and receive points in the Star Rewards program. Backstage offers low, simplified pricing and doesn’t participate in coupon offers.

Macy’s started the Backstage concept in 2015. Today, there are 53 Backstage stores across the nation with plans to reach 100 stores in the coming year. “Thrill of the hunt shopping is growing over e-commerce or online shopping,” says Sam Hashmi, Macy’s Great Lakes store manager. “We’re excited to be the first location in Northeast Ohio.”

The grand opening celebration is Saturday April 14 with scratch-off gift cards given to the first 200 customers and other special events happening throughout the day. The cards, ranging from $5 to $25, are redeemable inside the Backstage store.

Macy’s Backstage Great Lakes Mall details:

Address: 7850 Mentor Avenue, Mentor

Phone: 440-255-4411


10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Wednesday

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday – Saturday

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

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