St. Paul optimistic about filling the Macy's space

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 3, 2013 - 9:19 PM

Boutiques, a Target or Kohl's, or even a mixed-use development are among the possible replacements for the retail stalwart.

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notsidJan. 3, 13 7:59 AM

Disappointing to hear but not at all surprising. A fine store like Macy's cannot survive on noon-time purchases of people working in downtown St. Paul and then being devoid of real customers the rest of the day, evenings and weekends when the real customers head out to their neighborhood shopping centers to so their serious shopping.

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bythebeachJan. 3, 13 8:32 AM

"Store employees will be officially told Thursday that the store is closing...according to sources who did not want to be named." I first read this last night. All I could think was: I wonder how the reporters would react if the Strib was folding and they first heard about it by reading it in the paper. I realize you're always trying to scoop the other media, but come on...have a heart. And, for the "sources who did not want to be named", you deserve a big thumbs down too!

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stingballJan. 3, 13 8:49 AM

This doesn't really surprise any of us, does it? I loved Dayton's and miss it dearly. Marshall Fields was pretty good. Macy's lost me as a customer immediately with their merchandise suited more for Californians than Minnesotans. All their hipster clothing in small sizes, I couldn't find anything that would fit me, and I'm not even that large of a person.

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highiqJan. 3, 13 9:19 AM

This is so sad. Now I have no reason to go downtown St. Paul at all. Please get a good store in there, and NOT a Target or Kohl's...I can go to them anywhere.

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ekholmJan. 3, 13 9:20 AM

This is the 9th story on star trib about macy's in the past 24 hours. Must be a slow news day

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dorkeemnJan. 3, 13 9:57 AM

I've been in a situation where the employees found out about a company moving from the news media as opposed to from the company first. Then the next day instead of dealing with it right away they waited until 3:00 pm to hold a meeting and make the official announcement. It is not fun, but it happens. In my case, a regulator called the press to inform them... Not a smart move on their part. As for Macy's - not surprising - I remember working in downtown St. Paul in the early 2000's and thinking how dead the store was at 4:00 - and how dead in general the downtown was on weekends.

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littlebootsJan. 3, 1310:21 AM

I remember my grandparents speaking so fondly of downtown Saint Paul, but I'm 40 and it's always been a depressing boring and very solitary experience down there in my life time. At least we now have surveillance cameras monitoring us everywhere down town to keep us company these days! Every 10 years or so we hear "it'll be cool when we do this (insert your giant top down government project here) but it never is. Because the City is obviously not into grass roots ground up businesses like you find everywhere in places like Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle etc all which have bustling thriving downtowns. I wish it weren't so but it is. The only time anyone is in downtown Saint Paul is for an event. Where are all the cool boutiques? Where are all the non chain cafes? Where is the nightlife with clubs and bars? Where are the hipsters on bikes?? Where are all the people, working, shopping, living? Are they all in the skyways? I am totally ashamed and embarrassed by Saint Paul as a city.

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annemthomJan. 3, 1310:25 AM

No downtown area should be devoid of retail, but city planners seem unable to figure out the logistics of this town. There are some fine, smaller, specialty retailers; Heimie's Haberdashery, Artists Mercantile, Eclipse Records, but those exist more toward where the people are near the Ordway, the Xcel and Roy Wilkins and the Science Museum, and up along West 7th there is a fabulous antique store district. Now that Lowertown has a significant number of restaurants and residents, and a ball park and grocery store are coming, it would be nice if the city tried harder to encourage smaller retailers such as populate Grand Avenue to open downtown. I could use a store like Avalon near where I work or even a George's Shoe Repair. Come on St. Paul, think about what you want your downtown to look like, get a vision. Especially with light rail coming in that one can easily hop on to travel across the downtown area to patronize these places.

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littlebootsJan. 3, 1310:47 AM

Q) Do you know what the best thing about Saint Paul is? A) Going to Minneapolis! Q)Do you know what's cool about Saint Paul? A)The breeze on your face as you cruise down I-94 West towards Minneapolis Q) What do you call falling asleep face down in a puddle of your own drool at 6:30 pm on a Saturday night while Wheel of Fortune flickers on the TV screen? A) Saint Paul nightlife! Q) What is downtown Saint Paul? A) An inconvenience on your way to downtown Minneapolis

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randjrjJan. 3, 1310:47 AM

The bottom line is that we are using to an online version of the old Sears and Roebuck catalogues for much of our shopping. Macy's needs to be torn down. St. Paul suffers from some chronically bad real estate. Look at some of the dysfunctional buildings. The old Wells Fargo Tower is ugly as sin, and has a thrift store in the old bank lobby. A THRIFT STORE IN A MAJOR LOCATION! Tear it down! The old Agribank building is a colossal nightmare to look at. There's a department store converted to office that has been glassed over and looks terrible. The US Bank Building and Has a big whilte box built around it for a block. Macy's itself is an awful building in St Paul. The Walgreens has aluminum siding on half the building and looks like it should be in Hibbing. The skyway is depressing, with little retail that is presentable. The whole place is a nightmare of 1960s and 1970s buildings. There are some jewels in and around Rice Park, but after that, there's not much.

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