The Name Game

It looks like we have another name change on our hands.

Last week, Federated Department Stores announced that all 11 of its metro Detroit stores will shed their Marshall Field’s titles and become Macy’s stores by October, 2006.

Personally, the name change doesn’t bother me – it hasn’t been in the Detroit area long enough for me to have feelings about it, and it isn’t related to Detroit like Hudson’s was. Actually, I have never really called Marshall Field’s stores “Marshall Field’s” anyways – I still refer to them as Hudson’s (just like I still refer to DTE Energy Music Theater as Pine Knob).

Our friends in Chicago, though, where Marshall Field’s originated, are more likely shaken by this recent news. The flagship location of Field’s in the State Street building in Chicago has a deep, rich history, much like the original Hudson’s store had in Detroit. (If you have a minute, check out this post from a Chicago Metblogger, who talks about the Tiffany glass mosaic in the State Street Building. Pictures are included, as well.)

The move by Federated to change many of its Midwestern stores from Marshall Field’s to Macy’s is part of a restructuring effort that will likely involve cutting as many as 6200 jobs nationwide. Federated acquired Marshall Field’s when it agreed to a merger with May Department Stores – the owner of major names like Marshall Field’s, Lord & Taylor, and May’s Bridal Group – in February, 2005.

1 Comment so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on September 27th, 2005 @ 2:30 pm

    I still call it Pine Knob too. In fact I call it “the New Tiger Stadium”…what a rebel I art.

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