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Macy : A final goodbye to Macy's in downtown Minneapolis

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03/19/2017 | 03:41 am

The downtown Minneapolis Macy's store closes its doors for good Sunday night. The company announced in January it would close its iconic Nicollet Mall location-- once a flagship Dayton's department store.

Over the last few months, Macy's has been steadily marking down inventory. And on Sunday, shoppers like Rose Smith from Robbinsdale were looking for last minute deals.

"It's a sad day for me, it really is," said Smith who works downtown and has shopped at the location since the late 1980s. "I like this store, I liked it since it was Dayton's, I liked it when it was Marshall Field's."

The company rebranded the store as Marshall Field's in 2001 and then became Macy's in 2006.

Dayton's Department Store in Minneapolis, ca. 1924. The Minneapolis Department Store building was built in 1902. It was re-branded as a Marshall Field's in 2001 and then became Macy's in 2005. Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

But it's the iconic Dayton's store that many people were remembering on Sunday-- like Steve Shumaker from Arden Hills.

Beginning in the 1950s, his father, Gordie Shumaker, made some of the store's well-known Chrismas displays.

"He did all of the windows here for Christmas," said Shumaker. "They would be unveiled the day after Thanksgiving, there would be a line around the block and they'd unveil each window at a time because they told a story from one end to the other."

The location will now likely be home to other stores and offices. Earlier this month, Macy's sold the property to 601W, a New York firm that intends to redevelop it as mixed office and retail space.

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