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View Poll Results: Does Your City Still Have A Large Downtown Department Store?
YES...My city still has at least one downtown department store. 124 77.50%
NO...My city does not have a downtown department store. 31 19.38%
NOT SURE...If my city has a downtown department store. 1 0.63%
Don't Care...If my city has a downtown department store. 4 2.50%
Voters: 160. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-27-2010, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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No, unless Foot Locker qualifies.
LOL......Now I see why the percentage of cities with large Department Stores has dropped in the poll. No...we can't count FootLocker.
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Dallas,Texas
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The only remaining department store in Downtown Dallas is Neiman-Marcus. The other stores like Titche-Goettinger (500,000 sq ft) and Sanger-Harris (456,000 sq ft) closed in the 80s. Titche's was one of the largest department stores in Texas. Titche's was rebranded as Joske's in 1979, Dillard's bought Joske's and the store closed in 1987. Sanger-Harris was bought out by Foley's and the store closed in 1987.
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Old 12-23-2010, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh- Sak's Fifth Avenue, Macy's and you could probably count Burlington Coat Factory in that also.
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Interesting list of surviving "large" downtown department stores>>>>>
Surviving American Downtown Department Stores | BrandlandUSA
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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While changing demographics have certainly contributed to the virtual disappearance of the downtown department stores, I believe the corporate owners of most department stores caused their own decline.

It used to be that the big flagship department stores were a destination. People went there not just to shop, but for their restaurants and tea rooms, beauty parlors, special events and fashion shows, santa claus at Christmas, etc. But due to cost cutting and a total lack of imagination of current corporate culture, all these extras were eliminated.

Having grown up in California, I remember even 20 years ago a customer could choose from the May Co, Broadway, Robinson's, Bullock's, Buffum's, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman-Marcus, I. Magnin, and the Boston Store. Just think, 10 different department stores all owned by different corporate parents. They were merchandised differently, carried different brands, each had their own niche and style. Now almost all of them are gone. Now there is only Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Saks, and Neiman-Marcus. Only 5 department stores, and two of them (Macy's and Bloomingdales's have the same corporate parent).

A lot of the old downtown stores were architecturally beautiful and luxurious. They made the customer feel special. Now everything is cookie-cutter and homogenous. All the soul, character, and local color have been sucked out of the department stores by short sighted, unimaginative corporate leaders. Just think what all the great retail titans of the past who created the great names like Marshall Field's, Wannamaker's, Rich's, Filene's, Jordan Marsh, Hudson's, etc. would say about the pygmies who have run their industry into the ground?
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Old 12-25-2010, 03:34 AM
 
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There is a Macy's in Downtown Houston. I'm not sure what's in the Houston Pavilions but I'm sure there has to be a department store in there.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Dallas,Texas
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Flagship Neiman-Marcus in Downtown Dallas



















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Old 01-29-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, north TX
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Sadly, there is no large department store in downtown Fort Worth.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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While changing demographics have certainly contributed to the virtual disappearance of the downtown department stores, I believe the corporate owners of most department stores caused their own decline.

It used to be that the big flagship department stores were a destination. People went there not just to shop, but for their restaurants and tea rooms, beauty parlors, special events and fashion shows, santa claus at Christmas, etc. But due to cost cutting and a total lack of imagination of current corporate culture, all these extras were eliminated.

Having grown up in California, I remember even 20 years ago a customer could choose from the May Co, Broadway, Robinson's, Bullock's, Buffum's, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman-Marcus, I. Magnin, and the Boston Store. Just think, 10 different department stores all owned by different corporate parents. They were merchandised differently, carried different brands, each had their own niche and style. Now almost all of them are gone. Now there is only Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Saks, and Neiman-Marcus. Only 5 department stores, and two of them (Macy's and Bloomingdales's have the same corporate parent).

A lot of the old downtown stores were architecturally beautiful and luxurious. They made the customer feel special. Now everything is cookie-cutter and homogenous. All the soul, character, and local color have been sucked out of the department stores by short sighted, unimaginative corporate leaders. Just think what all the great retail titans of the past who created the great names like Marshall Field's, Wannamaker's, Rich's, Filene's, Jordan Marsh, Hudson's, etc. would say about the pygmies who have run their industry into the ground?
Interesting post....thanx.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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*Sigh*, so many "We have a huge Macy's that used to be a _________" responses.

We have a huge Macy's that used to be Marshall Field's. But we have a handful of downtown department stores on State Street and then of course the famous Magnificent Mile, a strip whose fortunes come and go but seems to be doing OK for now.
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