WHADDAYAKNOW? Macy’s Herald Square is finally going to get that long awaited facelift and everybody in retailing is waiting with baited breath to find out what it is going to look like. Remember back when the recession was just getting started, Macy’s had grandiose plans for its flagship store, plans that were scrapped as a result of the economy. Well, now everything is back on track, and the plans look exciting.
The renovation has been badly needed for some time now. On one hand, the store’s façade is famous around the world; after all, this is where Santa Claus makes his impressive arrival at the end of the Macy’s Day Parade each year. It also holds national landmark status and is a top must-see spot on tourists’ rounds of the City. So, even though work is needed, change is if-y, although necessary.
Macy’s says the renovation will include a whole new façade, along with major electrical work and work in smaller spaces, such as bathrooms. Based on income and business, the work will most likely proceed to individual departments and floors in ensuing years. So expect this design reconstruction to go on for some time!
Major Tourist Draw
Macy’s Herald Square gets more traffic than any other store in the City. If that’s not enough, it ranks as having one of the largest numbers of shoppers of any store in the world. That’s something! The store averages 25- to 35,000 shoppers per day, and that number jumps up to about 75,000 on holidays. All that being said, it doesn’t change the fact that Macy’s is still badly in need of a spruce up.
But. before we go on, some more interesting facts: Macy’s moved to the site on Manhattan’s 34th Street back in 1902. The store has more than 2 million gross square feet, and is still considered the largest store in the world. The store still has its original wood escalators, installed in 1902.
MACY’S HAS ALWAYS BEEN A MAJOR RETAIL FACTOR IN ACCESSORIES. HERE ARE SOME PRODUCTS WITH A NEW YORK AESTHETE, FOR THOSE OF YOU LOOKING FOR THAT BRAND OF SOPHISTICATION:
Macy’s Herald Square isn’t the only store in the area with renovation going on or proposed. Lord & Taylor, just a few blocks north, has work in progress on its main and 10th floors. Saks Fifth Avenue, also a slightly northern neighbor, has just recently completed extensive renovation in several of its departments. And Bloomingdale’s at 59th Street and Lexington has recently set in motion some important renovation work on its splashy first floor, as well as other parts of the store.
–Among other things, this planned expenditure of millions of renovation dollars by New York stores is an encouraging sign that they expect business to be good, and better than good, over the next few years. Otherwise, why would they be laying out that kind of cash?
ACCESSORIES LOOK GOOD WITH NEW COUNTRY STYLING
Moving away from New York City, have you gotten a good look at some of the fashion apparel and accessories coming for fall and winter? They are anything but urban! Think about antiqued leather, and long-lasting metal for materials.
Among the newest products is a collection by Modern Vintage and London handbag brand Jas. M. Included are the Fold Away carryall, and the Everyday, a briefcase and cross-body combo. An executive for Modern Vintage said, “These are for that trendy girl that wants a bag, but doesn’t want what everybody else has with names and logos all over it.”
More on the woodland trail: Leather cuffs. String leather bracelets. Earthy, all-natural looking gemstone pendants. Long chains. Interesting take-offs on Army dog tags. Men’s watches for girls. Circles, stars, and military signs. Little leather and suede gloves, some fingerless. Heavy knits. And more than a lot of vintage!
HERE ARE SOME GREAT ACCESSORIES FOR THE COUNTRY LOOK:
- Wool cabbie hat. Cute!