Macy’s department store is scheduled to begin a major expansion project in mid to late January 2009. The company will be expanding its men’s and children’s departments and moving into what is now the Mall Expo Hall.

Mike Paka a representative of Hawaii-based contractor Premier Interior Development Inc. is on Guam seeking subcontractors for the project according to a notice from the Guam Contractors’ Association. Paka referred all inquiries to Macy’s officials and acknowledged that his company has worked on projects for the store in Hawaii.

Ryan F. Torres store manager of Macy’s said he could not comment on the store’s plans. He did confirm he had met with Paka "very informally." Torres also said he could not comment on whether he had met with other contractors. A senior vice president from the store’s Honolulu office is understood to be arriving in Guam in the next few days.

The project involves major framing and drywall work on two floors painting the entire space glue-down carpeting and floor tile store-front windows and rollup grills restrooms lighting phone-data installation structural concrete work for a door opening air-conditioning and ventilation work the construction of fitting rooms and steel fabrication for new loading dock stairs and bumpers according to the GCA notice.

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