BANGOR, Maine — The departure of Macy’s reflects a national trend of declining malls, City Council Chairman Joe Baldacci said Thursday, adding that the city is trying to diversify in an effort to align with how people shop.

“It’s just a bump in the road,” he said of Macy’s Wednesday announcement that it would close its Bangor store sometime this year, displacing 65 employees.

Baldacci said he talked to a Macy’s spokesman in New York and was told that nationally, mall traffic has decreased by 50 percent in recent years.

“This is not a Bangor issue,” he said. “This is happening nationwide.”

The Bangor Mall administration has seen the trends and recently began reaching out to local businesspeople, including artist and stylist Ao Pineda, who opened Ao Luxe in early December 2016 in the mall. She offers nonpermanent mehndi tattoos made with henna, hair feathering and eyebrow threading.

“The mall was looking for new things to add,” Pineda said Thursday. “I’m the only person north of Portland doing [threading].”

Lisa Reid, head of marketing for the mall’s majority owner, Simon Property Group, said mall officials had no early warning of Macy’s closing.

“This was a shock to all of us yesterday,” Reid said, adding, “It’s a real estate decision for them.”

Macy’s sits on 2.24 acres, and the property and real estate are valued at about $10.9 million, with the land valued at $628,500.

The property and real estate are owned by the May Department Stores Co., which merged with Macy’s in August 2005, and have an annual property tax bill of $246,980, the Bangor city assessor said.

May paid the first half of Macy’s 2016 property taxes in September and the second installment is due in March, a representative of the city’s treasury department said Thursday. She added the company has never missed a payment.

Tanya Emery, director of community and economic development for Bangor, said Macy’s will have to decide how to move forward with the 143,000-square-foot store that opened at the former Filene’s location in 1998.

“They’ll either sell it or lease it or redevelop it,” Emery said. “It will really be up to them how they handle it.”

Simon officials have to wait for Macy’s or May to make a move, Reid said.

“We’re in a holding pattern,” she said.

While there is plenty of speculation about what is leading to the decline in mall sales, Emery said, “the thing that is most important is that this is not a Bangor problem. This is a national trend in retail that has been coming for many years. You can’t say it’s internet shopping or this or that.”

How people shop has simply changed and retailers need to adjust, she said.

“Retail in general has become a different animal,” Emery said.

Retail giant Sears, the parent company of Kmart, which said in December that its Hogan Road location in Bangor would close in 2017, also announced on Wednesday that its Augusta store on Whitten Road is slated for closure. It is one of 42 stores under the Sears moniker slated to close by April, according to a list released by the company.

Emery said that is why there is a mix of small retailers and national chains located in and around the mall area.

“There are all kinds of other things happening [out by the mall],” she said.

Bev Uhlenhake, a broker with Epstein Commercial Real Estate, presented a real estate forecast to the Maine Real Estate and Development Association’s 2015 annual conference in Portland and said that about half a million square feet of retail space had been added around the mall since 2009.

In early 2015, the mall’s 652,531 square feet were nearly full with a 98.7 percent occupancy, she reported.

On Thursday, there were eight empty spots inside the Bangor Mall. The Aeropostale locale had a sign that said the store would reopen Friday, after being closed for reorganization.

Baldacci said he did not expect the closure of Macy’s to affect Canadian shoppers, who have plenty of options when they get to the mall area.

“It’s not good news,” Baldacci said. “But the Bangor Mall is a whole district, and it’s still a very commercial area.”