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Macy's Kingsdale closing

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  • #1058320

    Pablo
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    Macy’s will close its store in Kingsdale Shopping Center by the end of March, marking the end of a 45-year run in the Upper Arlington location.

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2015/01/08/macys-closing-kingsdale-store.html

    #1058321

    A161830
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    Bummer…however they haven’t invested in the store in decades. Their parking lot looks like its been bombed out. It will be interesting to see what potential redevelopment opportunities come out of this.

    #1058325

    dashinhilliard
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    This is the last Lazarus branch standing in Columbus. I realize Tuttle and Easton were opened as Lazarus, but this was the last branch opened by family, not the holding company conglomerate. Kingsdale used to be a designer’s mecca – they had the better clothing, cosmetics, home goods, and accessories outside of Downtown and Northland, and catered to the neighborhood. The Macyfication of America dumbed it down into their private label crap. Sad passing. I think the only remaining “Lazarus family” stores are in Indianapolis, Huntington, and Lima. What a way to flop…….

    JCPenney is also closing Eastland with no mention of a new store, that was proposed when Glimcher owned the mall.

    #1058326

    RBloodworth
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    Honestly, I’m shocked that it remained open as long as it did, given the lack of improvements made to the store and Kingsdale’s transition from a fashion-focused shopping center to more of a mixed-use development. Stepping inside that place is literally like traveling 30 years back in time. Given the investment that Continental has made in Kingsdale over the past 6 years, you would have to think that that space won’t be vacant for very long.

    #1058327
    Josh Miller
    Josh Miller
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    This is the last Lazarus branch standing in Columbus. I realize Tuttle and Easton were opened as Lazarus, but this was the last branch opened by family, not the holding company conglomerate. Kingsdale used to be a designer’s mecca – they had the better clothing, cosmetics, home goods, and accessories outside of Downtown and Northland, and catered to the neighborhood. The Macyfication of America dumbed it down into their private label crap. Sad passing. I think the only remaining “Lazarus family” stores are in Indianapolis, Huntington, and Lima. What a way to flop…….

    JCPenney is also closing Eastland with no mention of a new store, that was proposed when Glimcher owned the mall.

    Lazarus aka Federated Department Stores became a holding company conglomerate in 1929, long before Kingsdale.

    #1058333

    columbusmike
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    Let’s hope whatever replacement takes its place is done better than the recent strip mall project known as Kingsdale.

    #1058367

    dashinhilliard
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    I am fully aware of the history of Federated Josh. The Lazarus family was in control of Federated from its inception in 1929 through the 1970’s, when the first non-family member was elected Chairman. The Lazarus family made Federated what it was.

    Although the holding company started in 1929, the divisions were very much autonomous until the late 1970’s. Federated was known for this at the time.

    #1058368
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
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    Let’s hope whatever replacement takes its place is done better than the recent strip mall project known as Kingsdale.

    Yea, UA really missed the boat by not making this more of a destination. It could have been a really beautiful, walkable “downtown”, something UA lacks. Instead, they got a glorified strip center.

    #1058379

    Taz Devil
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    Yes, because the run down center that was there before was so much nicer before the improvements. I swear, people are never satisfied.

    #1058380

    Alex Silbajoris
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    Stepping inside that place is literally like traveling 30 years back in time.

    Yes. I worked in The Union in the 80s, and when I went into Macy’s a few years ago it felt exactly like that. Lonely departments with lonely clerks waiting for customers.

    #1058383

    OneBagTravel
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    Always went into that big blue building as a kid with my mom in the early 80s.

    vivid memory of sitting down on the escalator and getting my shirt caught =-O
    Which is why that scene from Mallrats where Brody yells at the kid hit close to home with me ;)

    #1058390

    Alex Silbajoris
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    Before that store was built, that site was used by a traveling circus that would set up for a few weeks.

    #1058406
    SJT
    SJT
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    I hate shopping but didn’t mind it so much when I went there because it was so chill especially on a weekday afternoon. I always enjoyed listening to the old ladies who worked there talk about how they used to be models “back in the day” for Lazarus. They were very friendly and quite spunky. Pretty sure they didn’t need to be working anymore but that they came there everyday more out of habit, like it was more of a hobby than a job to them. I am sure they are going to be heartbroken when the store closes.

    #1059186

    mas917
    Participant

    Totally agree SJT! The employees there have always been very helpful and friendly.
    Was in last night to see what kind of clearance was going on- pretty sure you could get things cheaper at other Macy’s during one of their many “One Day Sales”… they’ll need to drop the prices again to move anything. Still tons of merchandise.

    #1101941
    Stephen43215
    Stephen43215
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    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2015/11/13/exclusive-kroger-giant-eagle-settle-kingsdale.html

    Wow! Kroger and Giant Eagle are ready to duke it out! I guess it’s a preference but I prefer Kroger any day over Giant Eagle. It also sounds like some housing might be in the works for Kingsdale which would only add more vibrancy to the area.

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