November 24, 2006 |
Flying low through gray skies, Snoopy swooped down Broadway on Thursday, his aviator goggles slick with rain. Fans lining the parade route had waited in the soggy cold, wondering whether the inflatable stars of the 80th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade would be grounded by strong gusts of wind. Then the beagle bobbed into view. "There's Snoopy!" shouted a man peering up 8th Avenue from 34th Street.
October 20, 2006 |
A California appeals court slashed a refund that San Francisco owed Macy's by millions of dollars, despite the retailer's successful challenge to a local business tax. Macy's, a unit of Federated Department Stores Inc., won a ruling in 2004 that a business tax imposed by the city in the 1990s was unconstitutional. A Superior Court judge had granted the retailer's request for a refund of the $13 million in business taxes it paid while the ordinance was in effect.
October 14, 2006 |
When Macy's decided to sell baskets made by Rwandan widows, the store was swayed in part by the prospect of contributing to a developing economy and in part by the women's tales of suffering during their country's 1994 genocide. But Macy's was clear: This may have been charitable, but it was not charity. Baskets, woven from sisal and sweet grass, are inspected to verify they meet quality requirements and then paid for in cash on the spot.
October 10, 2006 |
A small garbage fire at Macy's Herald Square flagship store in New York City forced hundreds to evacuate, but no injuries were reported, authorities said. The fire, which began in the basement in an old elevator shaft, sent smoke up to the 12th floor, Fire Department Capt. Robert Carroll said. The cause was under investigation.
April 7, 2006 |
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. said Thursday that it would extend its reach by launching an exclusive line of home products in Macy's department stores. Shares of the lifestyle media company rose 13.7%. The Martha Stewart Collection, which will include towels, dinnerware and holiday decor, is expected to debut in fall 2007 in Macy's stores and on Macys.com. Martha Stewart Living already sells home goods at Sears Holdings Corp.'s Kmart unit and Sears Canada Inc.
February 3, 2006 |
Macy's West Chief Executive Robert Mettler strides through the San Francisco store in a pinstripe suit, showing off tidily arranged clothes in uncluttered spaces, plasma screens blinking ads for the latest in cosmetics and couches where the weary can rest near the dressing rooms.
December 9, 2005 |
Christmas is back. A few weeks ago, banners outside every Lowe's store in the nation announced a sale on "Holiday Trees." Hundreds of Christians called to complain that the home-improvement chain was shunning Christmas. The banners came down. Now the fake firs and pines are clearly labeled "Christmas Trees." Target, too, started the season with a generic marketing theme. It pushed holiday plates, holiday leggings, holiday ornaments, holiday trees -- with nary a mention of Christmas.
March 7, 2005 |
Standing outside the Bon Marche department store in downtown Seattle, Marguerite Norbut lamented the day that workers replaced the sign she'd walked past for years with a new but familiar name: Macy's. "I've seen it since I was a little girl!" said Norbut, 54, who grew up just across Puget Sound and has shopped at various Bon stores in the Northwest her entire life.
January 14, 2005 |
Macy's confirmed that it had agreed to a settlement in a case in which black and Latino customers alleged the company targeted minorities in trying to catch suspected shoplifters. A settlement with New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer is expected to be signed today, said Macy's spokeswoman Carol Sanger. Under a tentative agreement, Macy's, a unit of Federated Department Stores Inc., would pay the $600,000 for the state's costs of examining complaints from black and Latino customers.
September 14, 2004 |
Retailer Federated Department Stores Inc. said Monday that it would change the names of all 184 of its regional department stores to Macy's, dropping such brands as Rich's and Burdines, to expand the chain nationally. The name change, which also will affect Lazarus, Bon-Marche and Goldsmith's, will be made by the end of January, Cincinnati-based Federated said. The company will then operate stores exclusively under the Macy's and Bloomingdale's nameplates.