Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Macy's Downtown Houston

Here is the Macy's location in downtown Houston. This building is ten stories tall and a basement level with five of those floors dedicated to shopping space. It is a rare site these days when a major chain such as Macy's keeps a downtown location open from an acquisition. This location was originally Foley's signature store and corporate offices. I am not sure what the age of the building is ,but it has to be at least fifty years old with all of the old design elements. The levels of this store are as follows. The basement/ tunnel level connects to the downtown underground tunnels and contains meeting and training space for Macy's. The first level or street level has men's clothing, jewelry, and shoes. The second and third floors are all women's clothing. The fourth floor contains more women's, children's and the furniture store (see photos below). The fifth floor contains the cellar, customer service, bed, and bath items. Any floor above that is for corporate use. This store is truly a relic of the past and a great store to visit.

All levels have this old signage by the escalators and old school clocks.

Check out the retro elevators that say "this car up". The street level is the only level to have these signs on the elevators; the rest just have arrows.


  1. i've just spent the better part of today browsing through your blog, and it's fantastic! i've worked at several malls/shopping centers in houston over the years (my mom, too), and have so many great memories of a lot of the properties that you've featured.

    the last time i went to the foley's downtown was probably about 1998ish. a friend of mine attended an alternative school school there, and i was her only friend who wasn't intimidated by driving/parking around downtown.

    i'm not positive where it exactly was in the building - i only went up with her once (i'm thinking it was the top floor). and, i have no clue if the school had a formal name; we always just called it "foley's."

    1. Thanks for the comment quark. I wish I would have had a better camera in those days to get the best documentation of the old Foley's that I could have.

      The store was in poor shape even before Macy's took over. Only 5 floors of the building were accessible to the public in the final years.