St. Paul’s last standing department store is closing its doors this year, after 50 years of operation, Macy’s on Wabasha Street is shutting down. Remembered by many of us as Dayton’s, then briefly Marshall Fields, St. Paul has been anchored by this five-story yellow-brick building since 1963.
The location has been limping financially recently but the company kept it open in order to fulfill the terms of a loan it received from the city, the terms of which expired at the end of 2012.
The St. Paul store is one of six Macy’s locations closing across the country. It is expected to close in early spring with a final clearance sale starting Jan. 7. Macy’s also plans to make changes to the Ridgedale Center store in Minnetonka. The Ridgedale Macy’s currently exists in two separate stores and will be combined and expanded by 40 percent into a single unit. Construction is expected to begin in June.