By Rosemary Pollock
Former ZCMI Stores Open on Sunday for First Time
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Evidenced by a move that ends a 133-years of
closed-on-Sunday business policy, Meier &Frank, formerly ZCMI, are
now open on Sunday. Meier &Frank's parent company, the Oregon-based
St. Louis May Department Stores who bought ZCMI in 1999, announced
the new hours this week along with the scheduled name change starting
April 18th, as part of a $60 million renovation.
Originally ZCMI's majority stockholder was a trust controlled by The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was founded in 1868
at the urging of then Church President, Brigham Young. ZCMI was
always closed on Sundays in keeping with Church practices of keeping
Sunday as a day of worship and rest.
Meier and Frank, bought the remaining 14-store group of ZCMI stores
from the Church last year for $52 million. The only remaining use of
the ZCMI name will be the LDS Church-owned ZCMI Center Mall in
downtown Salt Lake City. According to the spokesman for The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dale Bills, the Church has no
other plans for the name.
Sunday's opening at the Valley Fair Mall in West Valley City, found
Cindy Coons and her 16-year-old daughter waiting to go in and take
advantage of the ten percent discount. "I'm glad they are open,"
Cindy said. "We like to do Sunday shopping." However, reactions were
mixed and store managers wouldn't comment on the new Sunday hours.
Messages left by The Salt Lake Tribune at the company's Portland,
Oregon offices were not immediately returned.
Meier &Frank Now Open on Sunday
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