Have you heard?
After 62 years in the Shops of Prairie Village, Macy’s (formerly The Jones Store) will be permanently closing their doors near the end of March. The Prairie Village location is one of 30 Macy’s locations closing in 2020, but the only one in the Kansas City metro.
Almost as old as Prairie Village itself, which was incorporated in 1951, this anchor tenant has been a perennial resource for, if not high fashion, then at least those last minute white shirts for elementary school choir students, make-up counter purchases, and staples like socks and underclothes.
This Macy’s has also been a constant target for shoplifting and smash-and-grabs. So, with their closing, our Prairie Village/Mission Hills Police Department will have more time and resources available to focus on the more important community building, crime prevention, and public safety activities of our cities.
It is difficult to imagine the absence of this behemoth structure from the central corridor of Prairie Village, though. The opportunities for that plot of land are pretty endless. It all depends on our out-of-town owners of the Shops, First Washington Realty, though. And I doubt they’ll have any concrete proposals to present to City Council for some time.
In the meantime, what are your memories of The Jones Store/Macy’s?
And what would YOU like to see at this location?
Let me know in the comments!