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    Macy's vs Gimbel's

    I have just been having a small disagreement with someone on the IMDb (internet movie database) who is trying to tell me that Macy's was far up-scale from Gimbel's. He claim the both stores to quote him "represented different sides of the social spectrum so to speak." My recollection is that Macy's and Gimbel's were on an equal footing with each other. And that this person has Gimbel's confused with Klein's or Woolworth's.

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    [QUOTE=jdcopp]I have just been having a small disagreement with someone on the IMDb (internet movie database) who is trying to tell me that Macy's was far up-scale from Gimbel's. He claim the both stores to quote him "represented different sides of the social spectrum so to speak." My recollection is that Macy's and Gimbel's were on an equal footing with each other. And that this person has Gimbel's confused with Klein's or Woolworth's.

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    Macy's and Gimbels were about the same quality wise.

    Both had more upscale corporate siblings that were on a higher
    plane that competed vs each other as well: Bloomingdales's & Saks.

    I lived down the block from the Manhattan 86th Street
    about a year before it closed and at that time felt
    (just my opinion, now, not the metrical analysis I swear by)
    Gimbels to have slightly better quality than Macy's
    but was more expensive, a narrower range
    of goods, and less likely to have sales.

    You'd have to dig a bit, but the NYC area department store / specialty store landscape is littered with corpses of varying quality stores,
    among the old defunct stores are
    Constable, S. Klein's, Korvettes, Best, Bambergers, Hahnes, B Altman, A&S, Gertz, Wanamaker, Grant, Rapid-American group (McCrory etc), Lamstons, Woolworth/Woolco, Mays, Fields, 2 Guys, TSS, Caldor, Bradlees, Alexander's,
    Stern's, Masters, Bonwit Teller, Wards etc etc
    heading up to MA some more names that may ring a bell are Sage-Allen,
    Read's Jordan Marsh Mammoth Mart Ames Gilchrist Whites Raymonds Lechmere & Zayre's

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    From my recollection Macy's was more upscale. Gimbels had more sales and inexpensive items.

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    Remember the saying "does Macy tell Gimbels". It doesn't make sense if Macy was same or less than Gimbels.

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    [QUOTE=flushingjet]among the old defunct stores are...Korvettes, 2 Guys, TSS...[/QUOTE]

    Wow! Those names bring back memories. Add to that list Pergaments - they had a big retail store on Hempstead Tpke in Levittown years ago. :usa:

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    [QUOTE=jdcopp]I have just been having a small disagreement with someone on the IMDb (internet movie database) who is trying to tell me that Macy's was far up-scale from Gimbel's. He claim the both stores to quote him "represented different sides of the social spectrum so to speak." My recollection is that Macy's and Gimbel's were on an equal footing with each other. And that this person has Gimbel's confused with Klein's or Woolworth's.

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    did you join this forum to recruit people to back you in a Macy's vs Gimbel's flame war? If so, that's pretty funny lol

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    [QUOTE=RMJK]From my recollection Macy's was more upscale. Gimbels had more sales and inexpensive items.[/QUOTE]


    Agreed...Macy's had a few more upscale items but not a huge amount....

    kudo's to FlushingJet...Korvette's- damn, never woulda remembered that- good memory bro....


    ironic-Macy's vs. Gimbels...musta watched "Miracle on 34th Street" a zillion times the past month....

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]Agreed...Macy's had a few more upscale items but not a huge amount....

    kudo's to FlushingJet...Korvette's- damn, never woulda remembered that- good memory bro....


    ironic-Macy's vs. Gimbels...musta watched "Miracle on 34th Street" a zillion times the past month....[/QUOTE]

    my mom got a job there when they opened up the one in flushing.
    the story that the name was a play on eight jewish korean war veterans
    is false.
    [url="http://www.snopes.com/business/names/korvette.asp"]http://www.snopes.com/business/names/korvette.asp[/url]

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    What about Alexander's not exactly upscale!

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