Macy’s building shines again
Department store chain cleans its soot-covered building at Lehigh Valley Mall
By Tyrone Richardson/The Morning Call
The facade ofMacy’sdepartment store at Lehigh Valley Mall is looking brighter.
That’s because crews have been power-washing the exterior of the 212,000-square-foot building in recent days, removing caked-on soot spawned from exhaust from nearby busy roadways like Route 22 and MacArthur Road.
The building’s appearance, which can be seen from Route 22, has been a concern among some residents. The building is next to The Outdoor Shops at the Lehigh Valley Mall, an addition completed in 2007 that houses high-end labels likeWilliams-Sonoma, White House Black Market and Coach.
Macy’s took over the former Bamberger’s space in late 1986, making it the only Lehigh Valley store for the department store chain that also owns Bloomingdale’s.
Lehigh Valley Mall spokeswoman Amanda Johnson said Macy’s is responsible for the building’s maintenance, and management “acts as a liaison to the department store team by informing them of customer feedback.”
Johnson said no consumer complaints have been documented about the store’s facade, but Whitehall Township Mayor Ed Hozza has been fielding questions about its appearance.
Hozza has said the building, constructed in 1976, used a type of white exterior architectural block that has ridges and is very porous.
Macy’s spokeswoman Elina Kazan last month defended the building’s routine maintenance, saying power-washing had been done.
Kazan did not respond to a request for comment Monday.
On Monday, Hozza applauded Macy’s improvement.
“We appreciate and applaud all our property owners, both residential and commercial, who take pride in the appearance of their properties,” he said.
Jeff Green, president and CEO of Phoenix-based retail consultant Jeff Green Partners, has said exterior upgrades are usually last on the to-do list for merchants, since they don’t necessarily calculate to additional sales.