Merz Apothecary will close its store inside Macy’s on State Street at the end of the day Wednesday, and begin the week-long process of moving to the Palmer House a few blocks away.
The family-owned business, known for its homeopathic remedies and colorful bath products, plans to open at the historic hotel at 17 E. Monroe St. on Nov. 4. A grand opening is slated for Nov. 11.
The new location at the historic hotel — on the first floor near the bellhop and the Starbucks — will expose the Chicago retailer to thousands of tourists a day, said Anthony Qaiyum, owner of Merz.
“As our web business grows, the store is an advertisement for people all over the country,” Qaiyum said.
The Palmer House boutique is 1,900 square feet, slightly smaller than the 2,100 square feet at Macy’s. But the new store has five display windows facing Monroe Street and more walls, allowing Merz to create more merchandising displays, according to Qaiyum.
The 135-year-old European health care boutique opened inside the former Marshall Field’s flagship in 2003 as part of then-owner Target Corp.’s redesign of the grand department store. The first-floor shop stayed when Macy’s Inc. took over the store two years later.
Swiss immigrant Peter Merz, a Chicago pharmacist, founded the apothecary in 1875 on Chicago’s North Side. The flagship store moved to Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood opened in 1982, where it continues to operate.