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Store closing is part of a trend in midsized American cities.
This opinion states that department stores in general are fading to changing shopping habits, yet Nordstrom - a department store - is expanding. Could it be that Federated department stores have essentially run their business units into the ground? There is a noticeable difference in the quality of what used to be upscale Daytons...it is so apparent that Federated completely mismanaged and allowed to deteriorate many of the venerated brands such as Macy's and Bloomingdales. And yet Nordstrom could have done the same...instead they are growing. Von Maur is another example of a thriving department store. Daytons should have been sold back to the Dayton family who could have kept its original quality and service for which it was known.
I really hope they tear town the existing windowless fortress and build something that can support street-level shops and restaurants. The foolish thing to do would be to throw more subsidy at a Kohl's or Target or something to fill the existing space. Double the downtown population + Light Rail + Lunds + Saints baseball = a much healthier Downtown Saint Paul, even without Macy's.
Be very careful who buys the land-we have a lot of groups who could turn it into something very unsavory.
I don't think the Daytons are one bit interested in getting back into a, at best thin, and at worst, dying fraction of the retail world. I'm guessing the fact that the Daytons sold out when they did, shows how clear their foresight in these issues was/is.
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