DALLAS – Neiman Marcus closed its corporate offices and downtown flagship Friday following the deadly sniper attack on police officers that occurred nearby Thursday evening.
“The tragic news the city of Dallas has woken up to has affected us deeply,” said Karen Katz, president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus Group. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the five officers killed in the line of duty and the many more injured. Out of respect for the lives lost and to insure the safety of our associates and customers, the Neiman Marcus corporate offices and the Downtown store will be closed today.”
Corporate employees will be working from home, a spokeswoman said.
Neiman’s is only steps away from the 20-block area that is closed to traffic as police investigate the shootings that felled five police and transit officers and injured seven more along with two civilians.
Traffic Los Angeles men’s and women’s stores and Tenoversix at the Joule hotel will open today, according to Jeny Bania, spokeswoman for Headington Cos., which owns the Joule and invested in the Dallas branches of the California retailers.
“It’s a customer service amenity of the hotel, and we’re here to serve the district and our guests,” Bania said. “There is traffic going up and down Main Street. It’s still a downtown that is functioning, at least at this corner.”
But Walter Love, manager of the Jos. A. Bank store on Commerce Street across from the Joule, described downtown as “a ghost town” Friday morning and speculated it will remain quiet through the weekend.
“It will probably get back to normal on Monday,” Love said.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a statement urging people to stay away from the shuttered western half of the central business district. The closed area houses the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse and Bank of America Financial Center plus offices, hotels and part of the West End historic district.