Mark Albright recalls 25 years of Tampa Bay shopping
You guys have to read this story from Tampa Bay Times' retail reporting legend Mark Albright, who retires this week after a 38-year career, 25 spent covering retail. He has watched stores come, go and change, creating the rich Tampa Bay shopping landscape we all know (and frequent) today. Mark writes:
A parade of department stores disappeared: Maas Brothers, JByron, Burdines, Robinson's, Maison Blanche, Gayfer's, Ivey's, Montgomery Ward and Jacobson's. They were replaced by midmarket Kohl's, Dillard's, Macy's and high-end newcomers Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. That, plus the arrival of Gucci and Louis Vuitton, shut up the "we're not worthy" naysayers convinced Tampa Bay was some fashion backwater. Saks left Denver and San Diego but has been in Tampa for 14 years.
Read the rest of the story here. The Deal Divas offer Mark a warm congratulations on a wonderful career. And we hope you get those socks you ordered from Nordstrom.
Deal Diva Stephanie
Photo: Mark Albright himself! Times files.