Good Bye Macy’s Salad Bar – A Remembrance

Henry Current Events, Exercise and Health, Thoughts of a Mastermind 5 Comments


Macy’s has been a staple of working downtown and although picking up the occasional dress shirt, tie or, shoes from the clearance rack, it has not been the story itself that drew my fancy.  Let’s be honest… it’s one of all of our favorite past times…. EATING.  Yes there it was…

the department store Dayton's

It has been there long before I was alive.  It was there for my parents generation as Dayton’s.  This past year, Macy’s announced it was closing down their Minneapolis flagstone store.  Once you get off the elevator to Macy’s 12th floor, there is a history lesson.  Pictures of  the historical transformation over the years as well as the ever flowing lines out of both the Oak Street Grill and my beloved Macy’s Salad Bar.

Macy’s Salad Bar

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Macy’s Salad Bar was Legend… wait for it…. DARY!

The Food Choices

Soooo many choices; avocados, arugula, brussell sprouts, olives, lettuce, mixed greens, spinach, pickles, beets, bell peppers, celery, carrots, jalapenos, mushrooms, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli, scallions, green beans… oh it continues… Lentils, black beans, garbonzo beans, pinto beans, kale, almond slices, sunflower seeds, raisins  AND PROTEIN LOTS OF PROTEIN:  Bacon bits, Chicken, Shrimp, Ham, AND Herring!  Plus many many choices of vinegary, home made bleu, french, ranch, with enough olive oil / vinegar to make your own.

They had cold salads with quinoa mixes, fruit, rice pilaf, and finally… the SOUPS: Lobster Bisque, Chicken Noodle, Clam Chowder, Minestrone, Chicken Wild Rice!  In addition to these soups, a co-worker Keven and I used to go on opposite sides of the salad bar just to make sure we knew if there was the Corn Chowder available!  DELICIOUS!  Finally, there were many breads: pretzel bread, french bread, cheddar corn biscuits that rival red lobster!

The only problem to this… it was all you can eat, but they only have plates.  What happens when you spill on yourself while mixing up your salad?  This is why we can’t have nice things…

Solution! Talk to the awesome staff, and GET A BIG SALAD Bowl.  It’s always fun hearing stories; and Aaron Macy’s Salad bar manager had many.  He is a former marine, who ran the salad bar, while investing in real estate! Awesome guy, and also awesome to have conquered the limitations of a salad plate!!

This turned into a tradition… whenever going to Macy’s Salad bar to get a salad bowl.  Co-workers, friends, and staff were always amused.  Beauty of veggies, it’s hard to get too many!  Below is a montage of Salads over the last 2.5 years and want to give a shout out to everyone who worked there, ate there, and was able to appreciate this gem in Minneapolis.

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The Views

Finally, the view of Macy’s Salad bar was fantastic… looking from the 12th floor in the heart of downtown Minneapolis!

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It saddens me to know this place is closing.  Though they are closing downtown, they will be missed, but never forgotten.

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When one door closes, another door opens! What is a favorite place that is no longer around?


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Comments 5

  1. Hi Henry,
    It’s always sad to see the end of an era so to speak. But as you mention, a new door will open somewhere.
    I wonder how long it’ll be before we’re saying goodbye to the rest of Macy’s?
    Best wishes,

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      That’s an interesting question Dividend. Big brick and mortar businesses are facing more cash flow problems as rents are rising, and they are losing market share to cheaper online marketplaces (such as Amazon). Believe companies adapt or die, so it will be interesting to see how these companies evolve!

      Thanks for the comment DL


  2. It’s a sign of the times that brick and mortal retail is changing in a big way. I’m still wondering what the future holds for stores like Macy’s and if they’ll be around in a decade or two or if more and more stores are destined to become like sears as more shopping moves online.

    1. For sure timeinthemarket, I don’t know what the future will hold! I wonder if it almost would be better to open a restaurant or set up a distribution business to take advantage of the new developments!

  3. There use to be a pizza place near us called Shakey’s. I think it was part of a chain but they had the best arcade and great pizza or atleast I thought it was great growing up. I definitely miss and when I drive by the abandoned parking lot I always remember what it once was.

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