1113 Von Maur
The Galleria attracts more than 15 millions visitors each year, and the mall is responsible for 22 percent of the city’s sales tax revenue. In 2012, the city received $43,261,790 in sales tax revenue from merchandise retail alone. That number is expected to increase this year when Von Maur opens its first store in Alabama at the former Macy’s location.
The 185,000-square-foot store is set to become one of the largest Von Maur stores in the country. The grand opening will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m-9 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 3 from noon-6 p.m. Store Manager Caitlin Harris describes the event as one not to miss.
“That Saturday we will have live music, children’s entertainment, gifts with purchase throughout the store and a $2,000 shopping spree,” Harris said. “We will also have several personal appearances.”
Former NFL player John “Hog” Hannah will host a book signing, and Zoe from Nic & Zoe clothing will be on hand for consulting. Peyton Roi List, who plays Emma Ross on the Disney Channel series “Jesse,” will be signing autographs from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
The family-owned company was founded in Iowa in the late 1800s and now operates 27 stores in 11 states across the country.
The Von Maur location at the Galleria has undergone a complete makeover with an exterior brick façade, arching entry ways and original artwork. Visitors can expect daily entertainment from a grand piano player at the center of the store. An interactive tree and a carriage will be in the children’s area and an antique pub, motorcycle and television screens will be displayed in the men’s area.
“What’s really nice and different about our store is that we have no interior walls, so you can see from one end of the store to the other. It’s very neat and clean with a residential feel,” Harris said. “Our number-one priority is service. We want our customers to be entertained.”