It is now just an empty shell of a building, connected to a dying shopping mall. That was not always the case for Post Oak Mall or Macy’s of College Station. I recall a day back in 2011, when this particular Macy’s was packed and business was good. I had been taking a little time away from the working world, traveling and doing my own thing. But, I thought it might be fun to take on a part-time, seasonal job with Macy’s through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays just to try something different. My official first day was on Halloween of 2011.
I started as a merchandiser, often working in the early morning hours before the store opened for business. The store management team at that time was very good and I had a great boss. The holiday season was a fun time and business was booming. Remember Macy’s One Day Sale? Yeah, those days were crazy. After the holidays were over, I was asked to stay and things started to move very quickly. My part-time merchandising days were over and I was given the opportunities to advance rather quickly.
After a few years, I was still there. However, the retail sector started to get a little shaky. Our store was doing well, but we lost our store manager. And while she wasn’t always a fuzzy bunny, and there were days we would just try to stay out of her path, I have to say that she was very good at her job. She knew retail and ran her store well. I cannot say the same for those that followed her.
I left a couple of years later and did not feel the same as I did the first few years. I saw so many good people leave before me. The good times were long gone and the ship was sinking. I wasn’t surprised by the announcement that the store would be closing. Even before I left, we all knew this day was coming.
But even today, I am saddened to see the empty building. I will always remember the good times and the great people I knew.