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Macy’s, Inc. announced Wednesday, Jan. 4, that it would be closing 68 of its stores in a series of actions to streamline its store portfolio, intensify cost efficiency efforts and execute its real estate strategy. 

The Beaumont location is included in these closings. The Parkdale Mall location is 171,000 square feet, opened in 2002, and employs 67 associates. According to Macy’s spokesperson Melissa Goff, the final clearance sale began on Monday, Jan. 9, and will run 10 to 12 weeks.

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Edward James Jr. is 56 years old. He has no permanent address and lives in a tent in the woods. James says he is lucky to have the tent, the only steady roof he has had over his head for the last two years after he lost his job in construction. He does not stay in the tent city located in a separate area of Beaumont because he prefers his solitude, but the mosquitoes cause him some discomfort at his hidden campsite, as do the heat and his medical issues.

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Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas received the Employer Award at the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference held Nov. 18-20 in Dallas.

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