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Old 07-18-2015, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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The dumbest thing they ever did was to get rid of the local department store names. Here in Ohio, Lazarus meant something. Why take a name that's been around since 1851 and replace it with the name of a tacky New York department store that isn't even a half-step above JCPenney?

Kroger does it right. It keeps the local names and its stores are locally merchandised.
Macy's considered doing just that, and for a while hyphenated the names of the regional dept. stores: Lazarus-Macy's, Burdine's-Macy's, The Bon-Macy's, etc. It really came down to expense, just like everything else. With only one name, Macy's, they could do coast to coast advertising that would not be possible with regional dept store or hyphenated names.

But as I alluded to in my previous post, I think in the long run it was a big mistake to just dismantle all regional dept stores and have nothing but uniformity all over the country. Consumer habits are changing, and at least with middle class consumers and above, there has been a backlash against the faceless boring retailers. You see that right now with McDonald's, who are the ultimate example of corporate uniformity and mass marketing. Younger consumers are NOT into McDonald's or its equivalents in the retail world.
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Old 07-19-2015, 02:11 AM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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Macy's considered doing just that, and for a while hyphenated the names of the regional dept. stores: Lazarus-Macy's, Burdine's-Macy's, The Bon-Macy's, etc. It really came down to expense, just like everything else. With only one name, Macy's, they could do coast to coast advertising that would not be possible with regional dept store or hyphenated names.

But as I alluded to in my previous post, I think in the long run it was a big mistake to just dismantle all regional dept stores and have nothing but uniformity all over the country. Consumer habits are changing, and at least with middle class consumers and above, there has been a backlash against the faceless boring retailers. You see that right now with McDonald's, who are the ultimate example of corporate uniformity and mass marketing. Younger consumers are NOT into McDonald's or its equivalents in the retail world.
I do miss Gottschalks, the regional dept store we had here. Now's it's a Forever 21 dept store.

I like Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl's, Home Depot, Lowe's, Costco, Sam's Club, Macy's, Marshall's, TJ'Maxx, and Fry's Electronics.

I don't like malls anymore though. I like the dept store, but not the mall. I am not sure if you can have one without the other.
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I buy most of my clothing online, they have my size and styles for people who are older than 17.

There is a former mall that I passed a couple of weeks ago that has become an office building. This may become the future for malls.
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