Monday, September 11, 2006

The store that shall not be named

Dave and I spent Saturday at Woodfield Mall purchasing some well-needed new fall clothes. We went into a lot of stores, but we managed to avoid the one that I'm determined to avoid. You know what I'm talking about: that chain that took over Marshall Field's and stripped it of its name.

Saturday was the first day the big opening of the renamed former Marshall Field's stores. The Tribune says the opening seemed to go well for the giant New York brand. Yet, I've talked to a lot of people who are still bitter about losing a Chicago icon like Marshall Field's. Does that mean that the stores under the new name won't do well? Probably not.

A lot of people will shop there out of curiosity, and probably enjoy it, too.

Me? I'm not feeling so curious. I've shopped there in other cities. They don't offer anything that other major department stores can't offer, and there are plenty of others to choose from.

So, I'll continue my boycott, knowing that I'm probably not hurting the retailing giant, just making myself feel better. Who knows, come the next decade, you might even find me browsing there. In the mean time, you're more likely to find me at Walmart.

P.S. Anyone know of any other stores in the Chicago area that carry Joseph Schmidt chocolates? Field's Marketplace was always my local supplier. Perhaps I'll order them direct.

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