Bye-Bye Hecht's Warehouse
I'm not surprised. I knew it was coming. In fact, I even mentioned it in a column a while back. Having bought Hecht's, Federated Department Stores finds it doesn't want the distinctive art deco warehouse that has graced New York Avenue NE since 1937.
You know what, though? It's probably better that they're selling it, since converting it to Macy's--as they're doing with many of the Hecht's stores--just wouldn't be right. I don't think I could ever bring myself to call it the "Macy's Warehouse." The term "Hecht's Warehouse" is ingrained in our collective brains from countless radio traffic reports.
Here's hoping it can be transformed into something cool, something befitting its stylish exterior. I'll bet a lot of those commuters who creep up and down New York Avenue have an idea: condos. If you lived there, you'd be home by now.
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