Glitzy plans for Downtown store lead experts to suspect switch
DOWNTOWN - Despite closing its doors here last December, Lazarus pledged to reemerge in 1998 as yet another Lazarus.
But now, many are asking: Will Lazarus come back as Macy's instead?
That's the answer Downtown development advocates and city officials want from the big national retailer.
"I think they would be a lot better off with a Macy's sign on the front door," said Errol Frailey, president of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, a nonprofit that promotes the central business district.
Mr. Frailey may get his wish.
Sources who have seen architect's preliminary drawings for the 250,000-square-foot store said the exterior looks nothing like a plain Jane Lazarus.
Instead, it resembles a more architecturally friendly Macy's, with lots of windows and plenty of glitz and glamour.
"It looks exciting," said one source familiar …