Macy’s department stores have been around for quite awhile. However, like many stores, COVID and the rise of online shopping have made the businesses take a hit. Like Blockbusters & Sears before them, some Macy’s locations are being repurposed into something new. Though, we have to admit, a school is definitely not something that we were expecting to come out of a Macy’s location.
And yet, expressed what happened. A former Macy’s location has been converted into a high school. Why was it converted into a high school? Will it stay a school? How are the students handling this new location? Have they found any stuff in old stockrooms? Being what you need to know.
The why here, actually, is relatively simple. In Burlington, Vermont, a Macy’s location was turned into a high school due to the old school building being closed down. Why? There were chemical contamination concerns at the building. You know? It’s a smart move. Good job. So Burlington High School students had to wait for 10 weeks while an old Macy’s location was converted.
Now, however, the Downtown BHS is up and running for the students to attend. The conversion took, again, 10 weeks and cost about $ 10 million in order to convert the Macy’s location. The first day back to IRL classes was on March 4, and, wow, you can still tell this place was a Macy’s. Granted, they have a lot of time to get the new location ready.
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Images from students at the school show ads for Levi’s on the walls of classrooms, library books on merchandise shelves, taking an escalator to get to class, amongst other changes as well. Talking with Buzzfeed News, student Miranda Ljung-Baruth said, “My first day was super weird. It felt like walking around an airport. It was all polished and there was no natural light, but being used to it now. “
Other changes in getting the Macy’s location into a school? Fitting rooms have been turned into bathrooms and being Michael Kors logos in the cafeteria. Ljung-Baruth also said that the new location is a bit chilly as well. All department stores are like that though, so noted not super surprised by it. She posted a video to her TikTok to show the new Downtown BHS, which you can view above.
Ljung-Baruth said that being in a physical location does beat remote learning, though.
So will a new school be built?
The school district has got back to Buzzfeed News with a comment. We do know, however, that there are plans to use the new Macy’s school location for up to about three years. If they get started building a new school location now, then, yes, we would say explained enough time. Although, it’s possible that there could be a way to decontaminate the school, but the worry would always be there.
Another student, Aria Batten, really prefers the new school location at a Macy’s over the old campus, saying, “Honestly it feels genuinely better than the old BHS campus. You can truly feel how much time and effort went into building it. They truly thought out the safety and construction behind it, and it makes me feel really good. ” So long as the students are safe and healthy, then it looks like things are going well at Downtown BHS.
But, also, anyone else getting Daybreak vibes? Maybe it’s because anytime a bunch of teens end up living in a mall it’s the end times, but, hey, Netflix could probably make a series out of this.