Earlier this week, I was in New York with Governor Matt Blunt, Greg Steinhoff, John Russell, Rodney Crim, and Barbara Geisman to visit with Federated Department Store executives about their plans for St. Louis as the Federated merger with the May Co. progresses.
We presented a lot of information about what’s going on in downtown St. Louis; why Missouri and St. Louis (in particular!) are great places to do business; how we believe Federated, Missouri, and the City can be partners in the success of the merger; and why a downtown Macy’s will be very successful.
While it is not possible at this time for Federated to disclose details of their plans (due to Federal Trade Commission restrictions), I am happy to report that our presentation seemed to be well received by the Federated executives present.
Rodney, Barb, and I toured the downtown Macy’s in New York. We were very impressed with the quality of the merchandise offered, by the friendliness of the staff and their affection for the Macy’s organization, and with the “Macy’s by Appointment” concept where personal shoppers select potential purchases for customers who do not have a lot of time to spend in the store.
I am confident that the quality and variety of Macy’s merchandise and the Macy’s “reinventing retail” settings will be a big hit with downtown workers, residents, and visitors. I am more than sure that the “Macy’s by Appointment” concept will be a big hit in St. Louis as the downtown Famous-Barr is converted to a Macy’s.
We all look forward to improvements in this important downtown retail facility — and to being able to buy more of the things we want and need within the City’s boundaries.