Department store Macy’s will close some 125 of its 600 stores over the next three years, and the one in downtown Seattle is among those.
I went there just to check it out the store one last time last week, and lucked out. They sold my favorite type of Levi’s jeans for a 40% discount, and still had one in my size.
Plaque inside the Seattle downtown Macy’s. Josephine Patricia Brennan was born in Chicago in 1871 and married Edward L. Nordhoff in 1888, at age 16. The couple moved to Seattle and opened the dry goods store that became The Bon Marche (French for ‘The good market’). Their store survived the economic depression of the early 1890s and boomed with the gold rush at the end of the decade. Mrs. Nordhoff remarried and remained active in the management of the store after the death of her first husband. The Bon Marche later became Bon-Macy’s and then just Macy’s. Josephine McDermott passed away 100 years ago this month.
This is a liquidation sale: everything must go, and at whatever they can sell it for. Many items were 60% off, and another 10% on top of that, in some cases.
Even the mannequins and shelves are for sale. Mannequin is of course a French word, but the origin of the word is Flemish, from ‘manneken’, meaning ‘little man’, or ‘figurine’.