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Macy’s Name Changes: Good Bye Marshall Fields, Hello Mediocrity

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Bye, Bye Hecht….

Sayonara Marshall Field’s….

Peace out Lazarus….

Today, September 9, 2006,  is the day that pretty much every department store in America becomes a Macy’s.

Even though we signed petitions ( collected close to 60,000, yes 60,000 names), that wasn’t good enough for the corporate heads.  According to a fashion industry friend of this blog, Macy’s “researched” the names on the petitions and found that the people on the list were “old” (I’m 30) and we all know that “old” people don’t shop. They sit around eating creamed corn,  playing scrabble, and ordering the entire spring collection of the Suzanne Somers line on QVC, letting those “crazy kids”  deal with all that fashion babaloo.

A couple of thoughts….

1. Macy’s and Marshall Field’s are not the same place. I grew up in the Midwest, in a city that had both a Macy’s and a Marshall Field’s.  Fields is more on par with Bloomingdales than Macy’s.

2. Target is better than Macy’s. Not only are the products better designed, less expensive, and come with a more flexible return policy (90 days),  Target is a lot more tech savvy than Macy’s. Try returning something you bought online to a local Macy’s and you’ll see the difference. Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so…. Target has been growing at a steady pace, while Macy’s (and department stores in general) have been struggling.

3. People who live in NYC don’t like Macy’s. Every New Yorker I know avoids the Macy’s Herald Square location like the plague and rarely have anything positive to say about the store. While, every Chicagoian (sp?)  I know, has fond memories of shopping at the State Street Marshall Field’s, especially during the christmas season.

4. Macy’s is better than Hecht. I’ve been to quite a few Hecht and I must say that the boys at Federated Department Stores was on the money changing this one over to a Macy’s.

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Shannon Spratto

Wednesday 10th of October 2007

I work for Lancome in Macy’s. I have only worked there a few months but, since I’ve been there, we have not had a problem returning anything at our counter. Being in cosmetics, I rarely get over to the clothing departments, but I can honestly say that every brand that has a counter in cosmetics keeps their area clean and clutter-free. Also, everying in my area is NICE and ACCOMMODATING. How can you say Target is better? While I like their merchandise, their floor team is rude and unkempt. We are professional far superior.


Thursday 4th of October 2007

target? Is overpriced crap, like an upscale k-mart.  I could find designer jeans on sale for the same price or less than mossimo jeans at target.  Are you serious?  Target has improved over the years but all thier clothing designers are sell outs and has beens.


Thursday 21st of September 2006

Their research showed that people who shopped at Marshall Fields were OLD??? It was at the age of 28 that I got married, paid off my house, and thanks to my dear husband, started to have LOTS of disposable income.  I am one of the people who happened to shop A LOT at Marshall Fields and I miss the store terribly!  I am 30 years of age and do not consider myself OLD! 

I had looked forward to continuing special traditions such as shopping at the State Street store for Christmas, as started by my own parents.  We live in the burbs.  Thanks for taking that away macy.

I have cancelled my credit card and will never shop at that store.  I can get anything I need at another store.  I hope Nordstrom and the other biggies see this and do something about it, us former Marshall Field shoppers are looking for a new place to shop! 

Like me, my friends (of all ages) say they won’t step foot in these stores and have vowed to never shop there.  If you are a former Marshall Fields shopper I hope you will do the same because each of us counts.  If we don’t others will see it as a message that all of our beloved cultural/city icons are not apprecaited and the will slowly be destroyed.  There are many other places to shop, places that will appreciate your business and respect you.


Friday 15th of September 2006

I love Marshall Fields.  I have SOOOO many memories.  Life won’t be the same….the cloeslaw with the peanuts, the day old, half price giant chocolate chip cookies in bags, fighting joyfully and pulling garments from piles all over the floor under racks in the bargain basement, the frosted Mistletoe Bear cookies, the little elves, Oillilly and other designer brand kid’s clothing, 450.00 hats, gorgeous and unique better costume jewelry, on sale in boxes on the counter, my first Betsey Johnson dress on sale for 12.00,  the little miniature doll sized fake food on little plates with little doilies in the toy dept, 18 brands of gourmet chocolate to sample, the little X-mas elves who went around dancing, cozy cloud cottage, videos from year to year with Santa, portraits, the old waiting room on 3 with wooden benches and cold frozen coconut milk. My favorite X-mas was 94 (I think), when they did a German theme.  I bought and ate so much Liebkuchen, and bought beautiful, hand carved Noah’s Ark animals by the Christmas ornaments, all on sale, of course, the day after Christmas!!!


Monday 11th of September 2006

I live in Chicago, where the demise of Field’s is a painful topic of conversation, and I only wish the store had been financially solvent enough to stay in business. Very sad.

That said, Macy’s return policy is actually a bit more generous than Target’s:’s Macys FAQ has this to say about its policy: “We will accept for exchange or return merchandise that does not completely satisfy you for up to 180 days after you purchase it.” Target only offers 90 days.

Regardless, I’m far more likely to shop at Target (they make returns an efficient, hassle-free experience) than Macys.

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