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Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2005 6:35 am | Updated: 9:39 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Scottsdale Fashion Square could be getting its longcoveted Bloomingdale’s.

Federated Department Stores plans to keep both Macy’s and Robinson’s-May locations at the mall after its merger with The May Co., according to a list of stores to be divested.

Federated said in March when it announced plans to swallow up its rival retailer that it would convert May Co. stores to Macy’s in 2006.

Scottsdale Fashion Square, Paradise Valley Mall and Fiesta Mall in Mesa each have both a Robinson’s-May and a Macy’s, so with the elimination of the Robinson’s-May brand, one store in each mall will close.

This week, Federated said it will sell off the extra stores at Fiesta and Paradise Valley shopping centers, making way for mall owner Westcor to finalize plans for those spaces.

The retailer said it will sell the Robinson’s-May at Fiesta and the Macy’s at Paradise Valley and convert the Robinson’s-May at Paradise Valley to a Macy’s.

That means no Macy’s specialty stores or other Federated brands will move into the empty second department store space in those malls, Federated said Friday.

Westcor has said previously it hopes to build movie theaters at Fiesta and possibly add a restaurant or two at Paradise Valley Mall when the stores empty out. But Westcor always hoped Bloomingdale’s would stake out a spot in Scottsdale, and the fact that the retailer isn’t selling off its second department store space in Fashion Square indicates the brand may finally be coming to the mall.

A Federated spokeswoman would not comment Friday on the possibility of a Scottsdale Bloomingdale’s. But she referred to a statement issued with the list of stores to be sold that, of the locations not divested, "a small number of stores are being studied for conversion to the Bloomingdale’s nameplate."

"Bloomingdale’s would, of course, be an amazing addition to the Arizona retail landscape, however, we cannot comment on Federated’s plans," Westcor senior vice president Tracey Gotsis said Friday.

Other options for the second Scottsdale store include a Macy’s Home Store or Lord & Taylor, an May Co. brand that will not be converted to Macy’s.

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