Macy's California, San Francisco, California

Macys Union Square Entrance, to the right of I. Magnin & Co.

Macys facade on O'Farrell Street

Interior of Macys during the annual Spring Flower Show

R. H. Macy & Co. (Macys) (1866/1929/48)
170 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA


The Cellar
Gourmet Foods • Gourmet Gifts • Candies • Fine Wines • Fine Liquors • Bakery • Mama's Italian Restaurant • Plant Shop • Books • Housewares • Cookware • Gourmet Cookware • Festive Pleasures • Tabletop Housewares • Small Electrics

Street Floor
Fine Jewelry • Costume Jewelry • Real Jewelry • Fashion Accessories • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • Gloves • Hosiery • Hat Bar • Toiletries • Fragrances • Cosmetics • Street Floor Lingerie • Street Floor Blouses • Sweaters • Street Floor Sportswear • Young Miss Macy • Notions • Stationery • Adult Games • Calculators/Electronics • Cameras • "San Francisco Center" • Lunch Counter • O'Farrell Street Gallery
Macys Men's Store Men's Furnishings • Men's Nightwear • Men's Robes • Dress Shirts • Men's Ties • Men's Gifts • Men's Toiletries • Shaver Center • Men's Sportswear • Sport Shirts • Tiger Shop • Designer Menwsear

Second Floor
Bras and Bodyshapers • Lingerie •Sleepwear • Robes • Leisure Clothes • Maternity Shop • Uniforms • Hat Bar • Shoe Salon • Casual Shoes • Misses' Dresses • Daytime Dresses • Misses' Coats • Misses' Suits • Optometrist
Macys Men's Store Men's Clothing • Men's Outerwear • Men's Shoes • Men's Hats

Third Floor
Better Sportswear • Better Blouses • Better Dresses • Evening Dresses • Women's World • Better Coats • All-Weather Coats • Better Suits • Fur Salon • Millinery Salon • Young Collector • Miss Macy Shop • Clubhouse • Town and Country Shop • Little Shop • Bridal Salon • Beauty Salon
Junior World Junior Dresses • Junior Sportswear • Junior Coats • Hi-Set Shop • Junior Accessories

Fourth Floor
Girls' Shop • Girls' Accessories • Imprints • Girls' lingerie • Jr. High Gallery • Boys' Shop • Toddlers' Shop • Infants' Shop • Cherub Corner • Children's Furniture •Young Peoples' Shoes • Toys • Hobbies • Adult Games • Sporting Goods • Ski Shop • Patio Furniture

Fifth Floor
China • Rosenthal China Gallery • Silver • Silver Gifts • Buccellati Collection • Glassware • Crystal •'Harry's Bar' • Gifts • Import Gift Boutique • Decorative Gifts • Linens • Bedding • Domestics • Sheets •Blankets • Bedspreads • Pillows • Bath Shop • Yarns • Fashion Fabrics • Sewing Machines

Sixth Floor
Broadloom • Rugs • Lamps • Pictures-Mirrors • Draperies • Decorative Pillows • Curtains • Entertainment Center • Luggage • Studio 6 • Hardware • Garden Supplies • Auto Center

Seventh Floor
Furniture • Sleep Shop • Chair Shop • The Corner Shop


San Rafael (1952)
Fourth & Court Streets 
95,000 sq. ft.

Richmond (1952)
Macdonald Avenue

Hillsdale (1954)
219,000 s.f.
Garden Dining Room
Cloud Room Cocktail Lounge
Coffee Shop
Green Room

Valley Fair (1956)
236,000 s.f.

San Leandro (1957)
Bay Fair
210,000 s.f.

Stanford (1961)
Stanford Shopping Center
200,000 s.f.

Sacramento (1963)
350,000 s.f.


Stockton (1965)
167,000 s.f.

Concord (1967)
Sunvalley Shopping Center
200,000 s.f.

Del Monte Center (1967)
160,000 s.f.


Serramonte Center (1968)
Daly City
225,000 s.f.

Eastridge (1971)
San Jose
188,000 s.f.

Hilltop Mall (1976)
198,000 s.f.

Oakridge (1978)
San Jose
166,000 s.f.

Reno (1978)
169,000 s.f.

Sunnyvale (1979)
178,000 s.f.

NewPark Mall (1980)
188,000 s.f.


  1. The San Francisco Macy's was originally O'Connor, Moffat & Company, which Macy's bought in 1945 and renamed it Macy's two years later. The Stockton store opened in 1965, Concord and Monterey in 1967, Birdcage Walk (Citrus Heights) in 1979, Stoneridge Mall (Pleasanton) in 1980, Santa Rosa Plaza and Modesto in 1981, Fresno in 1983, and Fairfield and Corte Madera in 1985.

    Also, the Northgate store in San Rafael was actually The Emporium. Are you adding "The Big E" soon? The mall in Concord is spelled "Sunvalley" and in Newark "NewPark".

    I hope you add more Macy's California picture soon.

  2. I remember Mama's cafe in the cellar in 1976. When I visited SF last fall, I went back to the cellar and it looks like it's still there, but as Frontera Fresco Cafe. Can anyone verify if this was the same spot as Mama's?

  3. When did Macy's Union Square in SF absorb the I Magnin buildings and become part of Federated Inc.? When did Macy's become just a cog in the corporate behemoth?

  4. R.H. Macy & Co. acquired the Union Square I. Magnin (and the others) when they bought the Southern California Bulllock's, Bullocks Wilshire and I. Magnin stores from Campeau after they took over Federated in early 1988. The R.H. Macy & Co. (including Bullock's and I. Magnin) was then acquired by Federated Department Stores in December 1994 after bankruptcies and reorganizations.

  5. Worked at I Magnin 1983 until 1987 and was the best job ever. I helped in many departments as needed. I wanted cosmetics and a few months later a position open. It was like playing dress up with makeup. I use to get a kick out of making up only half of the clients face. That way the could see the difference immediately, where as if I did the entire face the results wouldn't be as noticeable,
    Carol Seres was store manage and a good one.I really miss the store, co-workers and clients.
    I miss working their, getting fragrance samples and having pleasant ride from Carmel to Monterey area. It is on my bucket list and and I won't give up trying to get to S.F.. I was in S.F. maybe 10 times. 9 for seminaries once with my mother who lived in Alabama ( now resides in Heaven ). Thank you for reminding me how beautiful it is there!!

  6. It is really incredible what the bull artist from Canada wrought upon the American retail scene. Wall Street lined up to throw billion$ his way, taken in by his line of baloney. Where is he now? in a padded room somewhere but probably dead. Leslie Wexner was no angel either in that department. I was amazed that Ed Finklestein purchased the Federated divisions that he did. Macys Union Square was giving Magnins a run for the money and many of the Bullocks stores had not been renovated since they opened. The Bullocks in Torrance,CA at the Del Amo center was a total wreck and Macys did a fantastic renovation. The Century City and Beverly Center Bullocks were too,too small. horrible. Remember when Bullocks created its Bullocks Northern California Division? what a disaster. I realize that Finklestein and Co. looked on it as real estate but because of their LBO and the creation of its Aeropostale,Fantasies and Charter Club specialty stores, the debt was unsustainable. I remember being in Macys Herald Square in January 1992 and there was so little merchandise. It was only a day or two later that they went into chapter 11. Today, Macys is morphing an apparel specialty store. The Herald Square flagship is like a flea market with its plethora of leased departments, and there are Starbucks everywhere. It looks as if they copied everything directly from Selfridges in London. One needs sunglasses to navigate the main floor. I first visted Macys San Francisco in 1980 and was not impressed at all. However, two years later, after the expansion through the purchase of the Liberty House store on Stockton Street, I was very impressed. It had a broad range of merchandise and it was really great. My grandfather purchased stock in Macys after having installed the Otis elevators in the new Bambergers flagship in New Jersey which Macys acquired in 1929. It was a great company. I realized that they had to phase out many product lines in which they were no longer able to compete, but I don't like it now compared to when I was growing up in the 1960's.


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