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Macy's Herald Square Remodel Project

The Evolution of Macy’s Herald Square


1858: Rowland Hussey Macy opens a small dry goods store called “R.H. Macy & Co.” near the corner of Sixth Avenue and 14th Street in New York City. Over the years, it expands into a full-fledged department store. By 1877, the store occupies the space of 11 adjacent and nearby buildings.

1902: In a bold move, Macy’s (now owned by members of the Straus family) moves uptown to 34th Street and Broadway. The grand new building is designed by Theodore De Lemos and August Cordes in the Beaux Arts style. It is recognized as a jewel of turn-of-the-century architecture in New York City. The nine-story building includes 33 elevators, four escalators and other [more]  [download]

Macy’s Herald Square: Fun Facts

  • An estimated 20 million shoppers visit Macy’s Herald Square over the course of each year.

  • An estimated 7,000 people view the display windows at Macy’s Herald Square each hour.

  • The Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square attracts about 250,000 visitors over the holidays each year.

  • The annual Flower Show at Macy’s Herald Square attracts an estimated 1.1 million visitors to the store.

  • Macy’s Herald Square offers about 4 million individual items (SKUs) for sale on a typical day.

  • In 1902, Macy’s Herald Square was among the very first American retail stores with escalators. Original wooden escalators remain [more]  [download]

Timeline for Store Remodel 2012-2015

Current plans call for work to be implemented in three phases over four years. Major components are as follows:

Phase I: Early Spring 2012 through Pre-Holiday 2013
Main hall – cosmetics, fragrances and handbags
Fine and fashion jewelry/accessories
Women's shoes (2nd floor)
mstylelab for juniors and young men’s (lower level)
Dining options, including restaurant on 6th floor

Phase II: Early Spring 2014 through Pre-Holiday 2014
Selected areas of women’s apparel
Selected areas of men's apparel
Home (8th and 9th floors)
Dining options

Phase III: Early [more]  [download]