Department store operator Marshall Field's on Wednesday agreed to sell its two stores in Columbus, Ohio, to May Department Stores Co.

The company did not disclose the financial terms of the deal but said it does not include the stores' inventory, while staff at the Tuttle Crossing and City Centre stores will be offered employment by May.

"While it's difficult to make a decision like this, we believe this move will allow us to focus more intently on our stores that have a stronger presence in their respective markets," said Marshall Field's president Linda Ahlers.

"We continue to invest in our stores, improving our level of service, injecting excitement into our merchandise assortment and making our store environments easier to shop."