Wednesday, September 21, 2005
The Renaming of Marshall Field’s: Rowland and Marshall share their thoughts
Federated Department Stores CEO Terry Lundgren is persona non grata in Chicago these days. Seems like this guy better watch his back if he decides to come back to town for the big Fields to Macy’s switchover.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on this, but who better to weigh in on this controversy than the stores’ founders Rowland Hussey Macy and Marshall Field?
It took a little leg work on my part but I checked with them, and as I guessed they had plenty to say. And they were pretty drunk when I found them, which was kind of surprising.
Field: Rowland, this Lundgren guy is a dumbass.
Macy: I can’t believe those babies in Chicago are making such a big deal about this. I mean does it matter what name is on the door? It’s still the same low-quality shit that’s made by 6-year-old kids in Bangladesh.
Field: (laughing) Amen, brother. I think they’re paid the same wages I paid my employees back in 1868 when I first opened my store! But I’m telling ya, tumbleweeds will be blowing through those aisles come Christmas.
Macy:(slams his drink down) Fucking get over yourself, Marshall! I thought New York was supposed to be the ego capital of the world. Where are those big shoulders?
Field: You Quaker scumbag! (Field breaks his bottle of Amstel Light on the bar.)
Macy: (sneers and rolls his eyes) I ate guys like you for breakfast during the Gold Rush. What are you going to do, sick Potter Palmer on me?
Field: Oh he'll have my back alright. Macy: Well you can tell that fat ass to bring it!
Ok, at this point I had to break the two of them up. But as you can see, it’s a very emotional topic.
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