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Workers set metal rosupports during constructiMacy's Gurnee Mills Mall. The 140000 square foot store is scheduled open 2013. | Thomas

Workers set metal roof supports during construction of Macy's at the Gurnee Mills Mall. The 140,000 square foot store is scheduled to open in 2013. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 4, 2012 6:04AM

GURNEE — Recent drought conditions have not delayed construction progress of the new Macy’s store under construction at Gurnee Mills, Macy’s spokeswoman Andrea Schwartz said.

“We are right on track with everything from construction to buyers. Buyers have already put in their orders — we’re in really great shape,” Schwartz said.

The exterior of the building, called the shell, is currently being built. The completed store will be 140,000 square feet and one story.

It will open August of 2013 in what Gurnee Mills called a “full price wing” at the ground-breaking ceremony in May. Macy’s will be located near mall entrances C and D next to Rainforest Cafe. Circuit City used to occupy the space that Macy’s is moving into.

Buyers have already started ordering merchandise for the Gurnee location. While each of the more than 800 Macy’s stores across the country carries similar core products, the specific items at each location are specific to the area.

For example, the Gurnee Macy’s will carry swimwear 12 months a year, Schwartz said.

“Macy’s has an internal initiative. We really buy for the people that we serve. Because there is a water park (KeyLime Cove) across the street from Gurnee Mills, you can be assured we will have swimwear ... in a lot of our other northern stores, you won’t see swimwear all year,” Schwartz said.

The Gurnee Macy’s will not be an outlet store. This is the first outlet mall that Macy’s will be attached to, Schwartz said.

An estimated 40 percent of stores at Gurnee Mills are not outlet stores. An exact figure was not available upon request.

“A full-price Macy’s sale can compete with the best of them,” Schwartz said.

The layout of the store will include a large main aisle with a lot of signage for customers to navigate. The Gurnee store is a little smaller than the Vernon Hill’s Macy’s.

Gurnee Mills continues to enjoy success as construction is underway, Gurnee Mills General Manager Randy Ebertowski said.

“Macy’s will be a great addition to Gurnee Mills, expanding its unique brand of shopping to incorporate the best outlet and value retailers, along with full price stores all under one roof,” Ebertowski said.

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