By Adrienne Moore

SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) — A department store chain is closing its doors after 55 years in business in Sacramento County.

The Macy’s at Country Club Plaza is one of 40 stores across the country that will shut down this spring because of poor sales.

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The final clearance sale will start on Monday and is expected to close within the next 8 to 12 weeks.

For Patsy Barton, the staff at Macy’s has become family.

“I’ve grown attached to a lot of the people who work here, I know them by name and they know me by name because I’m here all of the time,” she said.

But that family is breaking up as the mainstay at Watt and El Camino avenues is among the list of locations across the country shutting down this quarter.

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“I noticed they were low on clothes up in the plus department where I shop, so I asked and they told me that they found out this morning that the store is closing,” said Janice Vipond.

The chain says it’s part of corporate restructuring after what it calls “disappointing 2015 sales.”

“In today’s rapidly evolving retail environment, it is essential that we maintain a portfolio of the right stores in the right places. So we will continue to add stores selectively while also being disciplined about closing stores that are unproductive or no longer robust shopping destinations,” the company’s CEO said in a statement on the closures.

The 166,000-square-foot store opened back in 1961 and now has 11 employees. The company said roughly 50 percent of employees nationwide are expected to be placed in other positions, though it’s unclear what will happen to the Country Club Plaza employees.

Barton says she’ll continue to visit her retail relatives as much as she can until the doors close for good.

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“Something’s going to disappear that they can’t replace,” she said.

Adrienne Moore