In March I had put forth a prediction that Macy’s would not only remain in Downtown but get a much needed revamp within two years. Yesterday, in response to my statements, an employee at the Macy’s Downtown decided to speak out. Here’s what she said:
I completely disagree…as an employee of Macy’s headquarters office downtown, every single one of my coworkers is sick and tired of the condition of downtown Miami. The building is full of rats, we all feel unsafe going to our cars (that are already incredibly expensive to park). I’ve personally had to call police because I was followed to my car and I know of several other similar incidents, one in which an employee was beaten on the platform of the metro.
Internally, we’ve been complaining for a long time now. Senior management has promised to do the best it can, but that takes some serious cooperation from the city. It is absolutely unacceptable that just across the river on Brickell there is an urban boom and where our office sits, it looks like a deserted wasteland. Business keep closing, one after another and the only consistent traffic seems to be the homeless that pass by all day long.
Macy’s has every right to complain…for that matter, I’d be extremely disappointed if they chose to step back on their position over some measly tax break.
The company still holds an operation center in Doral and a lease on a property in Plantation…there is no reason why we couldn’t move there.
You can view my response to her in the article comments.