By Kevin Williams
I wrote the other day about K-Marts and Sears that are closing, now today I saw a list of Macy's. A shuttered Macy's, for some reason, doesn't quite make me as sad/nostalgic as a shuttered Kmart, but, still, it's a sign of a declining retail landscape. This was on my mind especially today as I explored a small string of towns along I-75 in west-central Ohio today. These were small-towns that had been "Wal-Marted" and the downtowns seemed like struggling shells of their former selves.
Some of the Macy's on this list are in small towns that I am surprised could support a Macy's (well, I guess they can't which is why they are closing) like Sandusky or St. Clairsville, Ohio. But then there are other places where the closing really surprised me like Eastlake Mall in Columbus or Grand Forks, North Dakota, a pretty stable retail environment.
Okay, click here to see if a Macy's near you is on the chopping block. Hopefully not.
Linda from KY
It looks like the Macy's stores in the Greater Cincinnati area are safe for now. I'm much more nostalgic for Pogue's, Shillito's, and McAlpin's than I ever would be about a Macy's store closing. My high school required us to get a senior pictures done at Pogue's. Shillito's and McAlpin's had the best clothes for a tiny teen, which is what I was back in the day. As a young mom, I absolutely loved McAlpin's Midnight Madness Sales. Dillard's, which bout out McAlpin's, isn't the same.
My concern about Macy's stores closing around here is that it would pretty much mean the end of some of the malls in the area. The Florence Mall has a Macy's department store and a Macy's home garden store as two of their four anchors.
Linda, good memories there about those Midnight Madness sales, I forgot about those! And, yes, Pogue's, Shillitos, Rikes, all good - and gone - stories...good memories...
Jennifer, thank you for the retail report from New Orleans, sounds about like what is happening around my hometown, unfortunately. Where in Kansas are you from?