Many have been quick to claim the death of the department store, but that negative outlook seems premature. 

Sure, there are some major players making a fast march to the graveyard, but the vacuum they leave in their wake offers easy money for those strong operators left standing. Two of the better-run companies out there are Macy's (NYSE: M) and Dillard's (NYSE: DDS), but which one would be a better place for your money today? Watch the video below to find out. 

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