By  on June 9, 2009

DALLAS — Neiman Marcus plans to shorten store hours in half of its 40 units beginning July 5 in order to match traffic patterns.

The changes vary by store and are “not all that significant,” said Ginger Reeder, company spokeswoman.

For example, the store at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, Tex., a mall that has struggled with poor traffic since it opened in 2001, will close one hour earlier at 8 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The Houston Galleria store, which has been one of the luxury chain’s best performers, will open one hour later on Sundays — at 1 p.m. instead of noon.

At the Mall at Short Hills, N.J., Neiman’s will close an hour earlier, at 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, but remain open an extra hour until 9 p.m. on Saturday.

No changes will be made to marquee units, including the downtown Dallas flagship, NorthPark Center in Dallas and the Beverly Hills store on Wilshire Boulevard.

Neiman Marcus has been among the retailers hardest hit by reduced consumer spending in the recession, posting comparable-store sales declines of more than 20 percent each month since December. The company has taken other cost-saving measures this year including layoffs, staff realignments and salary reductions.

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