Prepared, set, store! Downtown Macy’s unveils new look at the moment after three-year reno

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Ready, set, shop! Downtown Macy’s unveils new look today after three-year reno


By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Paper

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Make-up makeover: A brand new Mac cosmetics counter is already open.

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Check it before you purchase it: A brand new Mac make-up station.

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Strive all of it: Kiehl’s is amongst a number of the new manufacturers new to Macy’s.

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Dwelling items: Macy’s now sells furnishings along with matresses.

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A brand new method up and down: Macy’s bigwigs renovated the shop’s escalators and moved them to be within the heart of the shop.

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Store until you drop: Macy’s expanded its clothes sections for males, ladies, and children.

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Simply in time for the vacations: A renovated Macy’s opened on Nov. 8.

Macy’s bigwigs at the moment unveiled their newly reworked location contained in the historic Downtown buildings as soon as house to Brooklyn’s beloved homegrown division retailer Abraham and Straus.

The retailer’s modern new look adopted three years of renovations that consumers watched unfold with baited breath as a result of the shop stayed open all through the makeover, in response to its supervisor.

“We operated in much less house, it was the one method we have been in a position to keep open,” stated Kizzie Tunson.

Contractors in 2015 broke floor on the job that required 30reconfiguring lots of the retailer’s flooring, which stretch throughout two adjoined Fulton Road buildings, a four-story, 1870s-era cast-iron construction, and a nine-story, 1930-built Artwork Deco tower subsequent door.

The work required eliminating workplace areas on lots of the flooring with the intention to create open areas that clients may simply transfer by means of, in response to Tunson.

“There was once all types of govt workplaces,” she stated.

Transforming the shop’s shoppable house, which Tunson stated used to occupy eight ranges of what she known as “half flooring,” resulted in a shrunken retailer with 5 distinct ranges: a basement with furnishings and residential items; a primary flooring with equipment and make-up, a second flooring with males’s garments, a 3rd flooring with ladies’s garments, and a fourth flooring with youngsters’s garments.

Staff additionally knocked down the retailer’s outdated escalators and rebuilt new ones within the heart of the shop, to make going up and down extra handy for patrons, Tunson stated.

“The escalators are all new,” she stated. “They’re proper in the midst of the shop, versus the place they was once within the nook.”

This reporter didn’t spot the vintage ornate elevators that date again to the placement’s A&S days on her pre-opening-day tour, and a rep for Macy’s didn’t instantly reply to a request about whether or not these additionally nonetheless shuttle consumers across the retailer.

The makeover made room for some new manufacturers among the many retailer’s merchandise, too, together with vogue labels DKNY and Michael Kors, and make-up corporations Kiehl’s, Mac, and Profit Cosmetics, with the latter staffing two licensed aestheticians on website who can tweeze clients’ eyebrows, Tunson stated.

Final month, Macy’s employees began flattening the partitions that cordoned off areas below renovation, razing the final one this week, in response to the supervisor.

“Each week we dropped a wall,” Tunson stated.

The scaffolding exterior the Fulton Road division retailer — a neighborhood eyesore because the job kicked off — will doubtless keep up till a while subsequent yr, nevertheless, as a consequence of builder Tishman Speyer’s ongoing transformation of the 1870s-era constructing Macy’s occupies, which the builder purchased together with the division retailer’s graffiti-covered Hoyt Road parking storage in 2015 in a deal that helped fund the latest renovations.

The Manhattan-based agency is erecting a 51-story high-rise crammed with 480 condominiums on the location of the outdated storage, which it hopes to open in 2020, and ending work on the 14-story tower it’s constructing on the location of the 1870s constructing, the underside 4 ranges of which incorporate Macy’s new above-ground flooring, and the highest ten ranges of which can comprise workplace house the corporate hopes to debut subsequent yr.

Up to date 7:56 am, November 9, 2018

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