Macy's store in downtown Houston officially closes

March 9, 2013 4:41:49 PM PST
It was a historic night in downtown Houston. What was once the Foley's and then the Macy's is now no more.

Many of the shoppers there on Friday didn't go just to score a good bargain; they were also there to say goodbye to a place with fond memories.

The store opened in 1947. It officially closed at 6pm Saturday. And on Friday, there was plenty of talk about bargains and special times among shoppers.

The pace was practically dizzying. Merchandise was coming out, bargain hunters were going in, and in the middle of it all, longtime shoppers were appreciating the moment.

"I just wanted to have something, something from Macy's," shopper Olivia Aleman said.

The downtown Houston Macy's store is one of six stores closing, 66 years after it first opened as Foley's. Bill Lindstrom remembers those early years.

"I have memories about my mom and sisters coming here, spending an entire day on Saturday shopping in the 50s, coming home with a car full of bags because they'd been at Foley's all day," shopper he said.

Then Foley's was the main department store in Houston. On Friday, of course, there's plenty of competition.

And on Friday, with the prices slashed, the store was bare. Store fixtures, display cases and a small rack of clothes were all that was left.

People left with bargains and Lindstrom left with memories that will last a lifetime.

"It's just like sacred being in there. It's kinda like an old church to me. Very special," Lindstrom said.

Mayor Annise Parker has said the owner plans to demolish the building in order to build new commercial office space. ----------------------------
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