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What Does Macy's Closure Mean For Downtown Retail?

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Originally built in 1887, the Macy's department store (formerly Kaufmann's) has been designated a historic landmark in Downtown Pittsburgh.

There is opportunity to reestablish downtown retail, it's just figuring out how to best do it. -Tom Schooley

  Macy’s announced the closure of their downtown Pittsburgh store yesterday, surprising many residents and setting the stage for a discussion on the future of large brick-and-mortar retailers in the city.  Before yesterday’s announcement, Macy’s, which had once been home to Kaufmann’s department store, had already been gradually cutting back their selling space.  The Pittsburgh Business Times has covered the story and explored what a closure might mean for downtown retail.  Reporter Tim Schooley shares his thoughts on today’s show.

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