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Old 11-10-2011, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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I am as little lazy myself. But basically the original Lazarus Co. headquartered in Columbus. who bought Shillito and a number of other department stores became the backbone of Federated Dept. Stores, Once they relocated corporate headquarters to Cincinnati from Columbus I have no information of their ever moving out of Cincinnati. The location of the Federated Dept. Stores headquarters in Cincinnati has been here for years. Since Lazarus was one of their founding divisions, and the owners of Shillto, Rikes, plus several others I seriously doubt they ever left Cincinnati as their headquarters. As Federated acquired a number of other store chains, over a period of time they divested themselves of several, particularly those oriented to just shopping center, specifically discount, stores across the county. But to my knowledge, Lazarus was a bullwork of the Federated brand and never relocated their headquarters outside of Cincinnati.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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^ Just "wiki'ed" info about Lazarus, kjbrill. Not much there except that in 1995, Lazarus was merged with Rich's in Atlanta. Back then it was such big local business news that it made the front page of the Enquirer because of all the high-paying jobs going literally south. (its importance then was akin to waking up today and reading that Chiquita had actually chosen Miami to move to)
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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^ Just "wiki'ed" info about Lazarus, kjbrill. Not much there except that in 1995, Lazarus was merged with Rich's in Atlanta. Back then it was such big local business news that it made the front page of the Enquirer because of all the high-paying jobs going literally south. (its importance then was akin to waking up today and reading that Chiquita had actually chosen Miami to move to)
Not sure exactly what happened in 1995, as the Lazarus stores continued to operate as Lazarus, and the total, including Macy's which had been bought by Rich's owned by Federated Deepartment Stores with it headquarters in Cincinnati. In 2009 it was decided to close the buisiness headquarters in Atlanta, virtually all of the stores renamed to Macy's and the parent holding company renamed from Federated Department Stores to Macy's Inc. with corporate headquarters in Cincinnati and New York City.

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Old 11-11-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Norwood)
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^ Thanks, kjbrill, for the follow-up! (Wish I had the means to dip down into the Enquirer archives w/o paying them any money in order to look for that particular front-page from 1995...) Maybe, in some mysterious corporate way, many of those jobs returned to Cincinnati. So many cities are battered by these corporate moves--for example, I can just imagine the distress of many people in St. Louis when May Company became a part of Macy's. Great for Cincy; not-so-great for St. Louis...
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Oh
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PMed you Motorman.
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Old 11-12-2011, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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Macy's Inc. has further streamlined recently, closing regional offices, selling or closing a number of underperforming stores, and reducing personnel. Basically merchandise purchasing is handled out of New York while business and personnel decisions are handled out of Cincinnati. Best I can tell they still operate about 850 department stores across the country in what is now down to two banners - Macy's and Bloomingdale's.

It is very interesting reading their history, what with the large number of old department store names across the country which have been adsorbed. Major names like Rich's in Atlanta, Macy's, May, Felene's, Marshall Fields, Kaufman's, and so many more.

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