27 December, 2005
My (extended, mostly) family was bemoaning the end of Marshall Field’s at dinner the other night, and condemning Macy’s for evilness. I pointed out that none of us, Chicago natives all, lived in Chicago anymore, and that when cities are left by the people who care about things like MF and repopulated by transients from around the nation, chains with national recognition are a better bet for a business like Macy’s.
“Oh but the May Company didn’t rename MF!” Yeah and look what happened to them: corporate takeover!
“They can’t change it, they just can’t! Where is their loyalty?” To the bottom line, not to ex-customers.
“But! But! It’s not right!” I let someone else change the subject. I wasn’t in the mood for challenges this trip anyway.