I got the feeling when Marshall Field’s fell into the hands of Macy’s, that it was only a matter of time before the last vestige of a Minnesota company founded in 1902 was wiped away.
Today is that day.
The giant retailer announced it is consolidating its regional divisions. Gone will be Macy’s North, which employed about 950 people. When Dayton’s became Marshall Field’s which became Macy’s, the local “headquarters” remained in the form of Macy’s North. It was a small nod to the idea that Minneapolis still, somehow, mattered.
Though we can now put a final shovelful of dirt on the grave of a Minnesota retailer, many folks left the cemetery long ago.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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