Macy’s (Pittsburgh), a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from jpellgen’s photostream

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 13, 2015) Mayor William Peduto released the following statement today on the announcement by Macy’s Inc. that it is closing its Downtown store:

“This is a sad day for Pittsburgh, and for those who have spent their lives working, shopping and making memories here. Whether known as Macy’s or Kaufmann’s this store has been part of the fabric of our city for more than a century and losing it hurts, even as we remain hopeful about the site’s future.

While I wish we would have had the opportunity to save the store, I care most about the employees who have dedicated themselves to this store over many decades, and have made it their life’s work. I am grateful that Macy’s is offering new job possibilities to its longtime employees, and we are working with Macy’s and the new developer to preserve the store icons Pittsburgh holds dear, from the Kaufmann’s clock to the Tic Toc diner, for future generations of Pittsburghers.

We have already begun working with CORE, the new owners of this historic location, to ensure the site’s rebirth as part of the evolving Smithfield Street corridor, and the ongoing residential, hotel and commercial growth of all of Downtown. We look forward to their proposed investments in this site, to retain the historic nature of the building, and to create new family sustaining jobs. As sad as today is I am optimistic and excited for the future of this corridor. In the spirit of the Kaufmann family and all they have left us — from the Irene Kaufmann Settlement to Fallingwater — we in Pittsburgh know how to preserve what is great about our past and build upon it for the future.”