Macy's) is a chain of
mid-to-high range American department stores.
Its selection of
merchandise can vary significantly from location to location,
resulting in the exclusive availability of certain brands in only
higher-end stores. Its flagship
store in Herald
Square, New York
City is recognized as the world's largest department
store since 1924.
The company has designated additional
regional flagships in major urban centers and operates a total of
810 U.S. stores (as of September 2008).
The company produces the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day
, a well known parade
been held on the streets of New York City annually since 1924. The
company also sponsors the city's annual Fourth of July
display, which began in 1976.
The Macy's flagship department store
with the famous brownstone at 34th and Broadway.
's was founded in 1858 by Rowland
. On the company's first day of business which was
October 28, 1858 the sales totaled $
11.06 (Approximately $287.37 in 2007
had established a dry goods store in downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1851 that initially served the mill industry
employees of the area. Macy moved to New York City and established a new store named "R.
Company" on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue, later
expanding to 18th Street and Broadway, on the "Ladies' Mile", the 19th century elite
shopping district, where it remained for nearly forty
Macy took on two partners: Robert M. Valentine; and Abiel T.
Forge, and Macy died just two years later in 1877 from
In 1893, R. H. Macy & Co. was acquired by Isidor Straus
and his brother, Nathan Straus
, who had previously held a
license to sell china and other goods in the Macy's store.
Straus later perished in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. In 1902, the flagship store moved uptown to
Square at 34th Street and Broadway.
Herald Square store initially consisted of just one building, it
expanded through new construction, eventually occupying almost the
entire block bounded by 7th Avenue on the west, Broadway on the
east, 34th Street on the south and 35th Street on the north.
Exceptions are the small, pre-existing building on the corner of
34th and Broadway, which carries Macy's famous shopping bag sign
under an agreement allowing the Macy's sign, and small pre-existing
building on the corner of 35th and 7th.
original Broadway R. H. Macy and
Company Store, was built in 1901–02 by architects De Lemos & Cordes.
sheathed in a Palladian
, but has been updated in many details.
Other additions to the west were added in 1924, 1928, and 1931, all
designed by architect Robert D.
. They are all in the Art Deco
style. The building has been designated a
National Historic Landmark. It boasts one of the few wooden
escalators still in operation.
problem of the pre-existing building also presented itself when
Macys built a store on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, Queens, New
This resulted in an architecturally unique round
department store on 90 percent of the lot, with a small privately
owned house on the corner.
Macy's Entrance - 34th Street, New York
Macy's underwent a period of expansion during the 1920s and 1930s.
The company went public in 1922 and began to open up branch stores
around New York and Long Island. Acquisitions were also made
outside of the New York City region. Department stores in
Toledo (LaSalle & Koch 1924), Atlanta (Davison-Paxon-Stokes
1929), Newark (L. Bamberger & Co.) 1929, San Francisco (O'Connor Moffat &
Company 1945), and Kansas City (John Taylor Dry Goods Co.
purchased during this time. O'Connor Moffat was renamed Macy's San Francisco
in 1947, later becoming
Macy's California, and John Taylor was renamed Macy's
Missouri-Kansas in 1949. Stores in Toledo retained the LaSalle's
name until 1984, becoming part of Macy's Midwest. These stores were
sold to Elder-Beermen in 1986.
New York began opening stores outside of its historic New York
City–Long Island trade area in 1983 with a location at Aventura Mall in Aventura, Florida (a suburb of Miami), followed
by several locations in Plantation, Florida (now relocated from the Fashion Mall to the Broward
Mall since the Burdine's acquisition), Houston, New
Orleans, and Dallas.
in Atlanta was renamed Macy's Atlanta in early 1985 with the
consolidation of an early incarnation of Macy's Midwest (former Taylor and LaSalle's
stores in Kansas City and Toledo, respectively), but late in 1985, Macy's
turned around and sold the former Midwest locations.
Bamberger's, which had aggressively expanded
Jersey, into the Greater
Philadelphia Metropolitan area in the 1960s and 1970s as well
as into Nanuet, New York(southern Rockland County), and into the
Baltimore Metropolitan area in the early 1980s, was renamed
Macy's New Jersey in 1986.
In 1986 Edward Finkelstein, Chairman & CEO of R. H. Macy &
Co., Inc., led a leveraged buy-out of the company and subsequently
engaged in a takeover battle for Federated Department Stores,
, in 1988 that he lost to Canada's Campeau Corporation
. As part of its
settlement with Campeau, Macy's purchased Federated's
California-based, fashion-oriented Bullock's and its high-end Bullocks
Wilshire and I. Magnin
divisions. It followed with a
reorganization of its divisions into Macy's Northeast (former
Macy's New York and Macy's New Jersey), Macy's South/Bullock's
(Macy's Atlanta stores plus Macy's New York's operations in Texas,
Florida and Louisiana), and Macy's California, the latter including
a semi-autonomous I. Magnin/Bullocks Wilshire organization. The
Bullocks Wilshire stores were renamed I. Magnin in 1989.
Subsequently, R. H. Macy & Co., Inc., filed for bankruptcy on
January 27, 1992, after which point its banks brought in a new
management team, which shut several underperforming stores,
jettisoned two-thirds of the luxury I. Magnin chain, and reduced
Macy's to two divisions; Macy's East
Federated Department Stores merger
At the start of 1994, Federated began pursuing a merger with
Macy's. After a long and difficult courtship, R. H. Macy & Co.
finally merged with Federated Department Stores
December 19, 1994. Following the merger the reorganized Macy’s
moved its headquarters to Cincinnati, Ohio under the
name Federated Department Stores.
Federated promptly shut
down the remainder of the I. Magnin chain, converting several to Macy's
or Bullock's and selling four in Carmel, Beverly Hills, San
Diego and Phoenix to Saks Fifth
Avenue. Federated also merged its Abraham & Straus/Jordan Marsh division with the new "Macy's East" organization
based in New York, renaming the Abraham & Straus stores in
metropolitan New York with the Macy's nameplate in 1995, and then
erasing the Jordan
Marsh moniker in New England in early 1996.
followed that by leading a bid in mid-1995 to acquire the bankrupt
organization in the mid-Atlantic region, a bid it lost to rival
group led by long-time rival and future acquisition target The May Department Stores
Instead Federated soon agreed to purchase
, Inc. (owner of
stores in California, Arizona,
Nevada and New Mexico), from its majority shareholder, Sam Zell
, thereby gaining a leading position in
Southern California and a dominant one in the Northern California
marketplace. In early 1996 Federated dissolved Broadway Stores,
incorporating the majority of its locations into Macy's West
, rebadging them as Macy's and using
the opportunity to retire the Bullock's name. Several of the
redundant Broadway locations were used to establish Bloomingdale's
on the West Coast
, while many other
were sold to Sears.
In 2001 Federated dissolved its Stern's
division in the New York metropolitan area, with the bulk of the
stores being absorbed into Macy's East
Additionally, in July 2001 it acquired the Liberty House
chain with department and
specialty stores in Hawaii and Guam, consolidating it with Macy's
In early 2003 Federated closed the majority of its historic
franchise in Atlanta (operating
as Macy's since 1985), rebranding its other Atlanta division
with the unwieldy name, Rich's–Macy's.
The downtown location—formerly the Davison's flagship store at
180 Peachtree Street
-- was shuttered at
this time as well. The original Macy's Lenox Square and Perimeter Mall locations were extensively remodeled and opened in
October 2003 as the first Bloomingdale's stores in Atlanta.
company rapidly followed suit in May 2003 with similar rebranding
announcements for its other nameplates, Burdines in Florida, Goldsmith's in Memphis, Lazarus
in the lower Midwest, and The Bon
Marché in the Pacific Northwest.
On March 6, 2005, the Bon-Macy's
, and Rich's-Macy's
stores were renamed as simply "Macy's",
the first two as the new Macy's West
and the later three as part of the Macy's
division. As of July 2005, Macy's had 424 stores
throughout the U.S.
After a series of corporate name changes, first simply Federated
Department Stores, then Macy’s-Federated Department Stores the
Cincinnati based company simply became Macy’s Department
Merger with May Department Stores
On February 28, 2005, Federated agreed to terms of a deal to
acquire The May
Department Stores Company
for $11 billion in stock, creating
the nation's second largest department store chain with $30 billion
in annual sales and more than 1,000 stores.
On July 28, 2005, Federated announced, based on the success of
converting its own regional brands to the Macy's name, its plans to
similarly convert 330 regional department
owned by the May Company (as May Department Stores was
generally referred to) to the Macy's nameplate. This included May's
Field's (purchased by the May Company from Target just 8 months prior to Federated's
purchase of the May Company), Kaufmann's,
Famous-Barr, Filene's, Foley's, Hecht's, The Jones
Store, L. S. Ayres
, Meier & Frank
, and Strawbridge & Clothier
chains, pending approval of the merger by federal regulators. This
was met with negative reaction in many of the local areas of these
department stores because they were considered local institutions
in those regions. The regions with the most negative reactions were
the Marshall Field's of Chicago and the Kaufmann's of Pittsburgh,
they both were well known for their famous clocks and flagship
downtown stores. Kaufmann's also ran the locally ran Kaufmann's
Celebrate the Season
which was broadcast live around the state. The home of
Filene's and Sons in Boston, MA and suburb areas where mad. There
was a backlash at (Macys) The Federated Department Store from loyal
customers of The May Company(Filene's). Many of the Filene's
customers either vowed never to stop at Macy's or to go the
competitor instead. Where existing Macy's stores were in close
proximity to former May Company stores, some redundant stores would
be closed or sold off to other retailers.
On January 12, 2006, Federated announced its plans to divest May
Company's Lord & Taylor
division by the end of 2006 after concluding that chain did not fit
with their strategic focus for building the Macy's and
Bloomingdale's national brands. On June 22, 2006, Macy's announced
that NDRC Equity Partners, LLC would purchase Lord & Taylor for
US$1.2 billion, and completed the sale in October 2006.
Macy's becomes a national brand
On February 21, 2006, Macy's appointed a new chief marketing
officer, Anne MacDonald, to oversee the transformation of Macy's
into a "national department store." By September 9, 2006, and after
renaming the former May Company locations, Macy's operated
approximately 850 stores in the United States. To promote its
largest and most recent expansion, Macy's used a version of the
Martha and the Vandellas
hit song, "Dancing in the Street", in its advertising
. Also, the company took props
from its annual Thanksgiving Day parade
various re-labeled stores throughout the nation, in what the
company marketed as its "Parade on Parade."
Macy's significantly increased its use of television advertising
and product placement in 2006 and 2007, using branding spots that
featured the new Macy's star logo. During the February 11, 2007,
episode of the popular ABC
a Macy's (under the fictional name McMay's
location in the fictional city of Fairview was featured, a rare
instance of product placement
promoting a department store chain in a scripted series. Nearly two
years earlier, one of the first national commercials for Macy's had
aired during Desperate Housewives
, shortly after the
conversion of Rich's, Lazarus, Goldsmith's, The Bon Marché and
The Macy's at Greenspoint Mall in
Houston, Texas was a Foley's until 2006
On February 27, 2007, Federated Department Stores
announced plans to change its corporate name from Federated
Department Stores, Inc., to Macy's Group, Inc. By March 28, the
company further announced plans to convert its stock ticker symbol
from "FD" to "M", and revised its earlier proposed name change,
instead opting to change to Macy's, Inc. The change in corporate
names was approved by shareholders on May 18, 2007, and took effect
on June 1, 2007. The company will continue to operate stores under
both the Macy's and Bloomingdale's nameplates.
The red Macy's star has been around since the 1850s when Rowland
Macy opened his first store in New York. Mr. Macy was a sea captain
who became lost at sea and thought he was lost until a star
appeared in the skies above him. He used that star to steer, and it
guided him back to land. Once there, he had a star tattooed on his
arm to keep that memory alive. He adopted the red star as a symbol
for Macy's and it has been around ever since .
Macy's Turns 150
In 2008, Macy's celebrated its 150th birthday
. The store launched a commercial including
old Macy's commercials, and actors and actresses mentioning Macy's
on shows. It also featured clips of past Macy's Thanksgiving Day
. The commercial was used to promote Macy's and a way of
saying thank you for making Macy's part of your life for 150 years.
The commercial aired around when the annual Primetime Emmy Awards
aired live on
on September 2008.
The commercial has aired on different channels also throughout the
whole September, October, and November months .
Prior to the merger of Federated and May, Macy's had been organized
into five divisions. Incorporation of properties from six former
regional May Company divisions began in February 2006, when
existing Macy's stores and properties yet to be converted were then
organized into seven divisions with store locations in 45 states,
D.C., Puerto Rico and
Guam. As of November 2009, the only states without
a Macy's store were Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi and Nebraska.
On February 6, 2008, Macy's Inc. announced consolidation of its
Macy's store locations into four primary geographic divisions. From
that date, three of the divisions each had approximately 250
locations each as a result of the reorganization, while its
Florida-based division remained unaffected, as did its
- Macy's East, was headquartered in New York
City, with locations ranging from the eastern to north-central
United States. Prior to the consolidation of May Company
properties into the division in February 2006, the division
contained 216 stores/29,100 employees in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New
York, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, Vermont, portions of Virginia, and the city of Washington, D.C.. In addition to Macy's, this division
formerly operated Filene's stores in New England, the majority of
Kaufmann's stores in upstate New York, and Strawbridge's and
Hecht's stores in the mid-Atlantic region. After announced
divestitures/store closures were completed by late 2006, this
division contained 185 locations until consolidation with Macy's
- Macy's North, headquartered in
Minneapolis from February 2006 until February 2008, was
consolidated into Macy's East. Prior to its consolidation, the division
included 65 stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North
Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Formerly, most locations had operated as
Marshall Field's, which in turn included many former Dayton's and
Hudson's locations. Additionally, the former L. S. Ayres location
in Merrillville, Indiana, and Macy's at Mall of America in
Bloomington, Minnesota, were included in the Macy's North division.
The division's successor, in effect, was a corporate region within
Macy's East, with regional offices moved from Minneapolis to
- Macy's Central, which was
headquartered in Atlanta,
Georgia, was the second incarnation of the division name
within what is currently Macy's Inc., with stores throughout the
midwestern and southeastern United States. The current
Macy's Central consolidates the following locations:
- Macy's South, which was also
headquartered in Atlanta, operated from February 2006 until
February 2008. The Federated/Macy's Inc. division itself was a
consolidation of May Company properties with the first incarnation
of Macy's Central — a renaming of Federated's RLG division, which
had included Rich's, Lazarus, and Goldsmith's. As of March 2007, the division contained 136
stores/22,500 employees in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North
Carolina, Oklahoma, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas &
Virginia. Macy's South as operated by
Federated/Macy's Inc. was created by consolidating former Rich's
and Goldsmith's locations with several stores from the Foley's chain. (Lazarus stores were transferred to
Macy's Midwest.) From 1988 to 1992, R. H. Macy & Co., Inc.'s
Macy's South division was also headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia,
with stores in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida,
Louisiana and Texas operating as Macy's, while stores in
California, Arizona and Nevada operated as Bullock's. The former South division was formed
following Macy's acquisition of Bullock's, incorporating Macy's
Atlanta (the former Davison's stores
renamed in 1985) with the Florida, Louisiana and Texas locations of
Macy's New York and Bullock's. It was dissolved in 1992 and its
stores consolidated into Macy's East and Macy's West.
- Macy's Midwest,
headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, from February 2006 until February 2008, was
consolidated with Macy's South to form the more recent Macy's
Central division. Prior to its consolidation, this Macy's
Midwest division included 95 stores throughout the midwestern
United States. There was a prior division of R. H. Macy & Co., Inc.
named Macy's Midwest that was headquartered in Kansas
City formed from a consolidation of two Macy's
divisions, LaSalle's and Macy's
Missouri-Kansas, in 1981. It was merged with Davison's to form Macy's Atlanta on February 1,
1985. Its former LaSalle's stores were sold to Elder-Beerman later that year and its former
Kansas and Missouri stores were sold to Dillard's in 1986. Macy's Midwest incorporated
several historic department store franchises owned by the former
Federated Department Stores, Inc. and by May Company. The
franchises represented by Macy's Midwest include The F&R Lazarus & Co.,
Shillito's, Rike Kumler Co., William H. Block Co., Horne's, Famous-Barr,
Jones Store, Kaufmann's, May Company Ohio, O'Neil's and Strouss. St.
Louis will remain as a regional headquarters location for a
corporate region within Macy's Central. Another corporate regional
headquarters within the division will be based in Cincinnati.
- Macy's West, was headquartered in San
Francisco, California, with locations throughout the western United
States, building on the foundation of store locations that first
operated as O'Connor, Moffat & Company in San Francisco's Union
Square and other sites. Prior to the February 2006 inclusion of May
Company properties, the division included 232 stores/31,100
employees throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and
Guam. In addition to Macy's stores, the division
operated former Foley's locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and El
Paso, Texas, as well as Robinson's-May stores. After announced
divestitures/store closures were completed by late 2006, this
division operated approximately 190 stores, until consolidation
with Macy's Northwest.
Macy's Northwest, headquartered in
Seattle from February 2006 until February 2008, was consolidated
into Macy's West. Many of the locations were formerly locations of
The Bon Marché, and the division included 71 stores/7,200 employees
prior to the February 2006 inclusion of May Company properties.
locations in the division were located throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. In addition to former Bon Marché stores,
the division added stores formerly operating as Meier & Frank, which in turn had
included former ZCMI locations.
Seattle will remain as a regional headquarters location for a
corporate region within Macy's West.
- Macy's Florida, which was
headquartered in Miami,
Florida, included 61 stores/9,800 employees in Florida and Puerto Rico.
The majority of the stores were formerly Burdines; the San Juan, Puerto Rico, store was
transferred from Macy's East in August 2007.
In conjunction with these geographic divisions, the New York-based
Macy's Home Store
division was responsible for
buying, planning and marketing home-related merchandise sold in all
All store divisions nationwide were also served by two
administrative divisions, prior to February 2009:
- Macy's Corporate Marketing headquartered in
New York, responsible for overall activity on initiatives
implemented to support the company's focus on Marketing.
- Macy's Merchandising Group, headquartered in
New York, responsible for conceptualizing, designing, sourcing, and
marketing private label and private branded goods sold at Macy's
and managing core vendor relationships in the domestic branded
On February 2, 2009, Macy's announced that their four divisions
will be consolidated into one division based in New York City to be
called as Macy*s Enterprise. The restructuring will result in job
cuts of 7,000 positions, or 4% of its workforce, although also
creating 1,200 new positions.
A few of the effects of the textile industry are water deficit,
pollution, fossil fuel and raw material consumption. In addition
today’s mechanical textile plants use large amounts of energy,
while also producing a throw-away mindset due to trends founded
upon fast fashion and cheap clothing. Despite the common
consequences related to the textile industry, Macy’s has begun to
evaluate their environmental effects to lessen their negative
impact by promoting important environmental causes. One way Macy’s
recently supported the environment was during Earth Week and
National Park Week 2008 by raising money with their “Turn over a
New Leaf” project. This campaign helps to promote environmental
awareness relating to shopping bags and their detrimental effect on
the environment. Most plastic shopping bags are made using
petroleum, and it takes more than 1000 years to break them down in
landfills. Because Macy’s uses approximately 43 million shopping
bags each year, this can drastically alter the environment. Because
of this, all Macy’s stores now sell reusable cotton tote bags. In
addition to the company’s bag transition, Macy’s is also replacing
their synthetic, nonbiodegradable packing peanuts that accounts for
of in-box material per year with loosefill material created from
corn and potato starch. This new material will break down within 9
minutes with water in the landfills.
In July 2003, then-New
York State Attorney General Eliot
launched an investigation of the private policing
system Macy's has used to deal with suspected shoplifters. The
investigation was prompted by a civil rights lawsuit and an article
in The New York Times
which reported on many of Macy's tactics, including private jails
and interrogations. Spitzer's investigation found many of Macy's
actions, from ethnic profiling to handcuffing detainees, to be
unlawful. Macy's settled the civil rights complaint for US$600,000,
claiming to have put the illegal tactics to an end while
maintaining the security system itself.
Macy's East downtown Boston store
(formerly the Jordan
Marsh flagship) touched off a local public relations
firestorm with the June 6, 2006, removal of two mannequins and the Web address of the AIDS Action Committee from a window display promoting
Boston's annual gay pride
The removal was apparently in response to
pressure from MassResistance, a local group opposed to same-sex marriage
, whose members
complained the mannequins were “homosexual
”. The removal of the mannequins was
widely condemned by residents and officials, including Boston mayor
, who was quoted as
Macy's response to the debacle was to publish an apology by the
Macy's East chairman, Ron Klein, in In Newsweekly
Boston-area weekly with a large gay readership. Klein's description
of the incident as “an internal breakdown in communication,”
further stated it was regrettable some would doubt Macy's
commitment to diversity as a result. The Web address was later
restored—the mannequins, however never made a reappearance.
Macy's Boston was also a target of Animal Rights protesters, who
held signs and handed out pamphlets throughout the 1990s regarding
Macy's participation in the fur trade industry. Macy's West had at
the time stopped carrying their line of fur coats and apparel, and
although the demonstrations have since quieted, Macy's East
continues to sell fur coats and apparel, as does a portion of
Macy's South stores.
Conversion of Marshall Field's
Chicago, Macy's move into the Marshall Field's Marshall Field and Company
Building on State
Street upset many residents.
Hundreds of protesters
gathered under Marshall Field's famous clock the day the name
change was implemented and hundreds more gathered once again to
mark the one year anniversary of Marshall Field's loss. Each week
protesters gather outside Marshall Field's landmark store at 111
North State Street to solicit support for Marshall Field's return
and millions of once loyal shoppers are simply shopping elsewhere.
Macy's reported in December 2006 slowed sales in stores that once
were Marshall Field's. This decline continued into 2007, with
Macy's acknowledging that while many former Marshall Field's stores
have seen sales fall 7-10% the original State Street store has
continued to struggle even more. There was talk that the Marshall
Field's name would be sold or reopened. In November 2007, Macy's
announced that it would no longer try to lure angry and upset
former Marshall Field's shoppers to their stores and instead would
now be trying to lure new customers into the State Street store.
Macy's hopes to do this by adding an FAO Schwarz floor, a wine bar
to the Walnut Room, and by having Martha
decorate the Christmas Tree in the Walnut Room. The
Macy's Wine Bar has been seamlessly integrated into the Walnut Room
and is the site of many notable events at the store.
A union representing former Kaufmann's employees at Pittsburgh's
flagship store filed a grievance on June 9, 2007, claiming a new
black dress code policy violates workers' rights. The dress code is
set to take effect Sept. 4, 2007, in Macy's Midwest stores.
- The star in the Macy's logo comes from a tattoo that Mr. Macy got as a teenager when he
worked on a Nantucket whaling ship.
- The Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade has been sponsored by Macy's for 80
years. Among New Yorkers, it is often referred to as "The Macy Day
Parade". The first Macy's parade was held in Haverhill in 1854, but
was only attended by about 100 people. The modern version of the
parade started in 1924. Bamberger's in Newark, New Jersey started
their own Thanksgiving Day Parade and the event carried on for many
years even after Macy's acquired L Bamberger and Co in 1929.
- Since 1976, Macy's has sponsored the annual "Macy's Fireworks
Spectacular", New York City's Independence Day fireworks display.
Macy's and Thanksgiving
Macy's was not only the first to offer clothes racks sorted by
their respective sizes and styles, they were able to get
Thanksgiving to land on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
The reason for this was that when Thanksgiving fell later in the
month, it cut down on the amount of time customers had to shop
before Christmas. This idea was the property of Lazarus (F&R's
In popular culture
- The phrase "Does Macy's tell Gimbels?" was a phrase once used
in the U.S. as a put-off to inquiring people, the implication being
that a company does not give information out to its competitors.
Gimbels was the other large department a
block away on 33rd Street from Macy's. It has since folded.
- The classic Christmas film
Miracle on 34th
Street (1947) is set in Macy's 34th Street flagship store.
Subsequent remakes of the film for television (1955, 1959, and
1973) are also set in Macy's. However, a 1994 remake of the film
was set in the fictional "Cole's" department store after Macy's
refused to have its name used in the remake of the original
- A less sentimental view of Macy's department store Santas can
be found in the essay "SantaLand
Diaries" by David Sedaris, which
is frequently played on National
Public Radio around Christmas, and has also been adapted for
- Isidor Straus,
the longtime co-owner of Macy's, was one of the most well-known
casualties on the infamous sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Although Straus and his wife
Ida had a chance to get on one of the
lifeboats, Isidor refused, saying that he wouldn't go ahead of the
younger men, and Ida, not wanting to leave her husband behind,
stayed with him on the ship. The moment was immortalized in the
1958 film A Night to
Remember, and was later used in both the 1997 film and the Broadway musical.
- In the Latin American literary classic "Empire of Dreams" by
Giannina Braschi the heroine
Mariquita Samper is a makeup artist who works at Macy's on 34th
- The U.S. version of the music video "Heard 'Em Say" by Kanye West and Adam
Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5) was
filmed inside Macy's Herald Square. The video features West and
homeless children playing inside a closed Macy's at night, when
Levine, as a store manager, lets them in.
- The punk rock band, Green Day has a
song called "Macy's Day Parade" on their album, Warning.
- White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot; AIA Guide to New York
City, 4th Edition; New York Chapter, American Institute of
Architects; Crown Publishers. 2000. p.227.
- Federated At-A-Glance, Federated Department Stores,
- Federated Agrees to Sell Lord & Taylor to NRDC
Equity Partners; Transaction Expected to Close in Third Quarter of
2006, Federated Department Stores, Inc., June 22, 2006.
Inc. to Expand "My Macy's" Localization Initiative, Adopt New
Operating Structure, Reduce Expenses|date=February 2,
cutting 4% of workforce, quarterly dividend |
- Emerging Textiles February 2008. Retrieved: May 4,
- Timesunion April 21, 2008. Retrieved: May 4,
- Detroit Free Press April 22, 2008 Retrieved:
May 4, 2008
- Timesunion April 21, 2008 Retrieved: May 4,
- In Stores, Private Handcuffs for Sticky
Fingers, The New York Times, June 17, 2003, reprint of
- Macy's Settles Complaint of Racial Profiling for
US$600,000, The New York Times, January 14, 2005.
- CEO admits 'Macy's mistake', In
Newsweekly, June 14, 2006.
- Hard-core fans stay loyal to brand, Chicago
Tribune, September 5, 2006.
- Protesters: Give Chicagoans what they want -
Field's, Skyline-Chicago.com, November 30, 2006.
- Macy's will not provide sales figures for former Marshall
Field's stores, but admits that reports that sales are down at
former Field's stores, particularly at the flagship store at 111
North State Street - Slow Sales At Converted Marshall Field's
Stores, NBC5.com, December 13, 2006.
- , Macy's: State St. store 'doing badly',
Chicago Tribune, May 18, 2007.
- "Macy's will be Macy's" On January 11, 2008 the Macy's North
division had a press release stating it would layoff 271 workers at
Macy's North (which is mostly the former Marshall Field's stores
and HQ) 
- Macy's dressed down on code
- L.H. Robbins, "The City Department Store: Evolution of 75
Years," The New York Times, 12 February
- The Big Apple: Does Macy's Tell Gimbels? Barry
Popik, October 7, 2004.