Business & Real Estate

Downtown Macy’s front doors reopen after three years of construction blockage

Macy’s front doors on K Street in downtown Sacramento reopened to shoppers Friday for the first time in more than three years, thanks to the removal of construction fencing that was in place since the Sacramento Kings launched their downtown arena project in 2014.

Kings’ officials said they have finally done enough reconstruction work in the 400 block of K Street, fronting Macy’s, to remove barriers and reopen the passageway between Golden 1 Center plaza and Old Sacramento.

Macy’s officials could not be reached this week, but a spokeswoman earlier told The Bee the company is pleased that the surrounding area is being reinvigorated. Macy’s itself invested significantly into upgrades to its north and east sides, including the addition of an east entrance that faces the arena.

Old Sacramento business representatives, who were upset by being cut off from the rest of downtown, said they are excited about the reopening.

“People in Old Sacramento have been waiting years for this,” said Brooksie Hughes, Old Sacramento District director. “We are excited to to have Old Sacramento, the river and downtown connected all into one space.”

The site known as West DoCo, between Fourth and Fifth streets along K Street, is still under construction, but some new stores and food outlets are expected to open there in the coming months.

New buildings along that block are largely finished, but remain barricaded while interior tenant improvements are being made and some exterior work is completed.

The team plans to open two floors of stores and food outlets along that block, including a number of national clothing outlets.

Kings’ Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis said the opening is another step forward for the team’s multiyear effort to redevelop the six-block area at the former site of Downtown Plaza, centered around the arena; the new 16-story Sawyer hotel and condominium tower; and Macy’s. The Kings call the area Downtown Commons, or DoCo.

“Sacramento’s new lifestyle and entertainment district continues to grow and we’re excited to announce more tenants in the coming weeks," Kolokotronis said in a statement.