Pulling The Plug on Meier & Frank

It looks like Meier & Frank is finally going to disappear. Don’t get me wrong, I love a local department store, but Meier & Frank hasn’t been a local department store for years. May Department Stores has bought up bunches of regional stores, and then run them under the existing name (which in a lot cases seems like a really smart idea). But they are being bought by Federated Department Stores (for $11 billion!), which likes to rename everything to Macy’s.

This adds an interesting twist to the idea of renovating that block and creating a smaller store and a hotel. Will Federated want to do that as well? Or will they want all the space for their Macy’s?

9 Comments so far

  1. The One True b!X (unregistered) on March 1st, 2005 @ 12:42 pm

    One story or another this week indicated that the hotel will still move forward.

    Locally-owned or not, I am irked at the name change. For historical purposes, they really hsould be more sensitive to the past and at the very least combine things into, say, “Macy’s Meier & Frank”.

    It’s clumsy, but at least it keeps the name.


  2. Mikey (unregistered) on March 1st, 2005 @ 1:18 pm

    I would argue that it is not, and has not been, Meier & Frank, so why should it be called that? It seems disingenuous (sp?) to me.

    What about it, other than it’s location, makes it a Meier & Frank store? Would you care if the Lloyd Mall M&F were changed to a Macy’s? And finally, should Pioneer Square be called “Pioneer Square’s Parking Lot.” :)


  3. The One True b!X (unregistered) on March 1st, 2005 @ 1:25 pm

    No, it should be called Pioneer Courthouse Square, which is its actual name. ;)


  4. Mikey (unregistered) on March 1st, 2005 @ 1:31 pm

    Damn. Got me there.


  5. Betsy (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2005 @ 12:52 pm

    See, as an ex-New Yorker who knows what to expect from a Macy’s (and who has been horribly disappointed with Meier and Frank accordingly), this is welcome news.

    If it means they’re going to move in Macy’s-type merchandise (or Bloomie’s if we’re really lucky) instead, that is…


  6. Kai Jones (unregistered) on March 10th, 2005 @ 10:57 am

    Meier & Frank had a bookstore, and a deli in the basement. It also used to be a viable competitor on quality and range of merchandise with Nordstrom, while now it’s more like an overpriced Target. This has not been a Meier & Frank for many long years.


  7. must keep quiet (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 11:37 pm

    I am someone that works for Meier and Frank but not on the sales floor and I can tell everyone that is wondering that we are going ahead with all construstion with all of the stores. The down town store is next for the renovation and it is going to be great. As far as the name change and all of that…It is going to happen. they are also going to close some of the stores in oregon. if anyone has questions please e-mil me at FitPro26@yahoo.com


  8. surferdude (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 3:52 pm

    This store sucks. There is no service. The sales associates are totally apathetic. Shopping there is a hazard to my safety. The place is over run with drunks, addicts, theft, the mentally ill, and visible fire hazards, and it’s filthy.


  9. employee (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 1:32 am

    I am an employee of Meier and Frank. I welcome Macy’s with open arms because; we can say good bye to coupons and (chintzy customers), and say hello to better quality merchandise. Hopefully better working conditions and better pay :)



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