A $400 million makeover is giving New York’s iconic Macy’s store a sleek, new 21st-century style.
And some preservationists aren’t happy about it. They see the overhaul of America’s biggest department store as scrapping classic Beaux Arts and Art Deco touches in favor of the latest trend in retail design – something like an Apple computer store. Macy’s reconstruction will be completed in 2015. Some sections have been finished, including the world’s largest women’s shoe department, with 280,000 pairs of shoes – several thousand displayed in white settings.