Thursday, July 28, 2005

End of an Era

This is big news for those of us who grew up in the Pittsburgh area at any time in, say, the last 150 years or so.

Kaufmann's is going away forever.

As a young boy, I loved going shopping downtown with my mother. If we wanted to go to a big department store, there were three choices: Horne's (near our bus stop), Gimbel's (somewhere in the middle of town), and Kaufmann's (even more centrally located and even easier to find). The downtown shopper of yesteryear has become today's mall rat. Gimbel's went out of business years ago, and Horne's gave way to the ill-fated Lazarus department store. The Kaufmann's name lived on, even as the parent company changed hands and changed names on several occasions.

Now I know how the Minnesota people felt about Dayton's. It will be sad to see Kaufmann's go; nevertheless, I won't be shedding any tears over it, especially considering what's taking its place. Macy's? No thanks; I'll stick with my suburban Megalomart types stores.

1 comment:

Honnistaibe said...

Kaufmann's will be missed as will all those corporate jobs we started losing a year ago when headquarters office was consolidated elsewhere.
While two years ago we briefly had 3 major dry goods stores downtown all three wound up under the same corporate entity. Downtown investment really got shafted on the new Lazarus building and the rennovation of Mellon III for Lord and Taylor.
It's all a big shame and the dark side of our capitalistic mentality.