New York’s iconic Macy’s flagship store to get $400 million renovation

November 09, 2011 |
Drew Ballensky

Macy’s Inc. flagship store in New York’s Herald Square will undergo a $400 million renovation that will include technology to help customers shop, a space billed as “the world’s biggest women’s shoe store,” and food service areas including a restaurant with a view of the Empire State Building. For more information, click here.

Work will begin early next year and continue through 2015. Plans call for an addition of 100,000 sf of selling space. Currently at 2.2 million sf, the structure has half of that space devoted to selling, and the other half used for offices, storerooms, and administration. The store’s last significant renovation was in the 1970s. The store will remain open during construction. Macy’s expects to add 800 new positions to the store’s existing staff as a result of the expansion. Built by Macy’s in 1931, the store will offer interactive product directories and streaming videos after the project wraps up. BD+C

Drew Ballensky | Reconstruction Blog

Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.
Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.

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