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By Kent Larsen

The End of ZCMI

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The ZCMI name is in the final days of hanging outside the fourteen stores that once made up the LDS Church-owned chain. Meier and Frank, the Oregon-based subsidiary of St. Louis' May Department Stores, announced this week the schedule for changing the names of the stores to Meier and Frank, and for opening the stores on Sundays.

The department store chain, which purchased the 14-store group of ZCMI stores from the Church last year for $52 million, will officially change the store's names starting April 18th, as part of a $60 million renovation. Then on April 22nd, the stores will open on Sunday for the first time. Renovations to the stores will continue until November 2002.

After that, the only remaining used of the ZCMI name will be the LDS Church-owned ZCMI Center Mall in downtown Salt Lake City, and the facade of the original store. LDS Church spokesman Dale Bills told the Associated Press that the Church has no other plans for the ZCMI name.


ZCMI to Undergo Major Changes, Including a New Name and Sunday Opening
Salt Lake Tribune 2Mar01 B4
By Phil Sahm: Salt Lake Tribune

ZCMI stores to change names to Meier &Frank
St Louis MO Post (AP) 1Mar01 B4
By Hannah Wolfson: AP Business Writer


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