SOUTH PLAINFIELD-With the January 2016 announcement of the Macy’s store closing in the original Middlesex Mall, the Hadley airport property in South Plainfield I received the following email from Mary Nowak-Sturkie:

“Hi Diane, I was just taking a trip down memory lane and remembering the original store where Macy’s is, after hearing Macy’s is closing that store. I believe the name was Levy Brothers. I worked there it was the late 60’s, early 70’s. Somehow the name seems a little foreign to me though, do you have any information on it?Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrison

I was hired as a part-time employee while in high school. I started in the gift wrap department and was moved to the office for receiving tills and making announcements. I remember the woman who was training the new crew (the store was just opening), and she was very refined and the total image of the store was as well. She told us of an incident where a customer came in with a pair of leather/suede gloves to return, and they were never an item sold by Levy Brothers. They refunded the customer anyway, because the store built its reputation on “the customer is ALWAYS right”. They had a delightful atmosphere, I just think the price structure was a bit above the average in the area.

I did use my employee discount to buy my baby sister a rather large Raggedy Ann doll for Christmas that year, the memories were short lived, long ago, but sweet nevertheless.”

After receiving this email I contacted Ed Levy, whose family owned Levy Brothers in Elizabeth and he confirmed that the store was in South Plainfield and there was also one in Clifton.

If you have memories in any town in Middlesex or Union county please contact me at

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