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Macy's closure ends downtown St. Paul's department store run

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Time is up for Macy's in downtown St. Paul. WCCO notes the department store officially goes dark Saturday at 6 p.m.

When the doors close it will be the end of the city's downtown store legacy that started a half century ago as a Dayton's, before becoming a Marshall Fields, then Macy's.

City leaders know they don't want a hulking, empty relic in the core of the city, attracting nothing but dust, broken windows and blight. So far, the right idea to replace the business has not taken root, but city leaders are putting a positive spin on the situation. Mayor Chris Coleman told in January the loss of all that downtown human traffic (such as it was), sales and property tax, and retail swag is an 'opportunity' to repaint the canvas that is downtown.

In addition to the inability for St. Paul shoppers (such as they are) to stop in for a quick Liz Claiborne separate or Ralph Lauren polo in a springy pastel, the sentimentalist among us will also miss the River Room restaurant that occupied the lower floor. Here's a video snapshot from another bygone establishment, KSTP's Good Company, whose always chipper hosts give the unsung River Room its due.

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