The closing of one department store does not tell the whole story of west Fort Worth.
New York-founded Macy’s will close its 18-year-old store in Ridgmar, originally a Foley’s that opened as part of an earlier makeover at the perpetually evolving 1970s mall.
Macy’s is keeping three Tarrant County stores, and customers from Ridgmar are not far from the Hulen Mall location.
The west Fort Worth economy is strong, but many shoppers now choose big-box discount stores on Alta Mere Drive.
Growth at the Walsh Ranch development in west Fort Worth and in Parker County will continue to boost the west side economy, along with growth at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Neiman Marcus is leaving the mall for a new west side development, the Shops at Clearfork.
Some of the new stores on Alta Mere Drive are in White Settlement or Westworth, so losses at Ridgmar represent a shift of sales tax dollars away from Fort Worth.
Fort Worth officials might consider changing traffic patterns or adding signage to enhance the mall’s access and visibility. But overall, the mall’s Illinois-based owners need only look to the west to see new rooftops and new shoppers for the next makeover of Ridgmar.