Mar 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The last department store in downtown St. Paul had its last day of business.
Macy's was to permanently close its downtown St. Paul store Saturday. And nearby small businesses are anxiously waiting to see what the impact on them will be.
When what is now Macy's opened as a Dayton's in 1963, it was one of several downtown St. Paul department stores. Its closing will leave downtown St. Paul without a major retailer, along with 360,000 square feet of vacant retail space.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has ruled out public subsidies to entice another retailer to replace Macy's.
Owners of nearby businesses, like George Rinkanya of the clothing and gift store CoStyle World, says they are worried they will see less foot traffic.