One day after the Nov. 8 Associated Press report that Macy’s has “all but given up wooing the [Marshall] Field’s faithful” — opting instead to try and attract new shoppers with additions to Chicago’s State Street store of a wine bar, free Wi-Fi and Chicago’s only FAO Schwarz store — Marshall Field’s fans weighed in.
In a Nov. 9 newsletter, Field’s Fans Chicago announced yet another protest for the return of the beloved Chicago retailer. Planned once again for the area under the “Great Clock” at State and Washington streets, this latest rally is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2, right in the thick of holiday shopping.
Field’s Fans Chicago also are planning a Black Friday leafleting event at the same location on Nov. 23 and 24.
The newsletter notes that its Sept. 9 rally was the most successful yet.
Time will tell what happens. Macy’s doesn’t seem likely to change its mind, but by all counts its Chicago business is in a slump.
Nobody can say what will happen in Chicago, but I, for one, wish that Atlanta’s Rich’s shoppers had tried harder to save that legendary hometown store.