The Saks Fifth Avenue flagship opened later than usual Monday. "Traffic was not as completely nonexistent as one might think when looking at blizzard conditions," said a spokesman. "A lot of people who came to the store were stuck in midtown."
Getting around Manhattan was still tough on Tuesday, with some buildings roped off due to falling ice, particularly on the Fifth Avenue block housing Ferragamo and Cartier.
Three Saks stores — two in Chevy Chase, Md., and one in Tyson’s Galleria, McLean, Va. — were closed Sunday and Monday, but reopened Tuesday. Saks also closed a suburban Philadelphia store and another in Pittsburgh, Pa., but reopened both Tuesday. The spokesman said Saks had no plans to add promotions to make up for lost business.
By midday Tuesday, most Washington, D.C.-area retailers reopened after two days of being shuttered. Most major arteries were cleared and road crews were starting to attack neighborhood streets covered with one or two feet of snow. Schools in the city and in Virginia and Maryland were closed, as was the region’s largest employer, the federal government.
"With the schools out and government closed, we’re hoping we’ll see some crowds," said Jaimie Friedman, senior marketing director at McClean, Va.-based Tysons Galleria, where Macy’s, Saks and Neiman Marcus are anchors. They all delayed opening until noon because of the huge task of plowing parking lots. Across the street, five-anchor Tysons Corner Center opened on time at 10.