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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

 
 
Old 09-09-2010, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I remember when I was growing up that most cities had at least one large center city department store. I lived near Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, PA.....The former had two 6 level stores downtown. Wilkes-Barre also had two downtown department stores of 6 levels; but miraculously one large store is still doing business: Boscov's.

Scranton does have a downtown mall containing a department store but it's not the same as a free standing, large, multi-level store like Boscov's. I recall when Gimbel's had a store downtown(Scranton)....smaller but similar to New York City's: Macys.

Before the race to the suburbs and outlying malls...it seemed most cities had these stores. So I wonder how many are left??? Boscovs sold 1.1 Billion dollars of merchandise last year and still operates 40 stores in the Northeast; also it has the one downtown store in Wilkes-Barre and one in Binghampton, NY.

SO....Does your city still have a center city department store? .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boscov's

http://www.brandlandusa.com/2008/12/...rtment-stores/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkes-Barre,_Pennsylvania

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scranton,_Pennsylvania
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Columbia Heights, D.C.
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Yea we have Macy's.
Before that it was Hect's, and before that it was Woodward and Lothrop.

others include Filene's Basement and some more I can't really remember.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:49 PM
 
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Hey, we have Macy's too! (what a surprise). One is in downtown Minneapolis, a huge store that was once the flagship store for Dayton's (which had bought Hudson's, which was later bought by Marshall Field's, and after that by Macy's). Downtown St Paul also has a Macy's.
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Old 09-09-2010, 10:59 PM
 
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Pittsburgh - has Macy and Saks Fifth Av
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:20 PM
 
Location: The City
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Wanamaker's - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Many many movies filmed, including all the manaquins use of their windows
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I must say...I'm pleasantly surprised so far; perhaps our center cities will eventually regain some of their lost lustre...I honestly thought most department stores were gone from downtowns. Here in Sarasota we did have one small store up until the year I moved here....1990; now all we have are art galleries and restaurants, along with half of downtown remaining empty as usual.
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:36 AM
 
Location: NE Kansas City, MO
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Does Victoria Secret count?
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:42 AM
 
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We have a 4 story outdoor mall right in the middle of Downtown San Diego called Horton Plaza. Does that count?






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Old 09-10-2010, 12:46 AM
 
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Seattle has a Macy's, the original flagship Nordstrom, and Barney's. Bellevue has a Nordstrom and a Nieman Marcus.

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Old 09-10-2010, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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^Of course it does. When it was new, Horton Plaza is what sparked the Downtown SD renaissance that we see today to begin with.
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