Creative destruction

Companies fail when they no longer provide the goods and services people want at a competitive price with the service people expect. We should let those firms fail because their deaths make room for new growth and new companies that are providing a better product at a better price with better service, making our lives better. We should not bail out Kodak. It failed to keep up with the digital revolution as did Tower Records, and CD companies and Border Books. We should not bail out American Airlines. It has not kept up with carriers like Southwest and JetBlue.
We should not have bailed out Chrysler or GM.
Here is a list of department stores (taken from Wikipedia,) that have failed over the years. For the employees, creditors and stockholders of each there was disruption when they went under. But their corporate deaths made room for better retailers, with better selections and better prices and new innovations.
But while of these stores some are missed, at least from a nostalgia viewpoint, most have been replaced by better stores and better locations with better offerings and better service. Had taxpayers bailed them out, progress toward better retailing would have stopped as the government would have been encouraging poor decision making and bad practices and choosing them over innovation.
The full list on Wikipedia of just the failed retailers is here.
The list of discount stores now gone includes these:


Duncan’s (Gadsden)
Dunnavant’s (Huntsville)
Gayfer’s (Mobile)
Hammel’s (Mobile)
Loveman’s (Birmingham)
Mazer’s (Birmingham) Opened in 1932, closed in 2011.[1]
Montgomery Fair (Montgomery) Acquired by Gayfer’s. Rosa Parks was an employee at the store.
Parisian (Birmingham), sold to Belk 2006, renamed September 2007. Five stores sold to The Bon-Ton, and still operate under the Parisian name.
Pizitz (Birmingham), 13-store Alabama chain, sold to McRae’s 1987, renamed later that year
Rogers (Muscle Shoals) A division of Dunlap’s that closed in 2007.

Babbit’s (Flagstaff)
Bashford-Burmister Co. (Prescott)
Broadway Southwest (Mesa)
Diamond’s (Phoenix & Tucson, Albuquerque, Denver and Las Vegas), was part of Dayton Hudson
Goldwater’s (Phoenix)
Jones & Hughes (Phoenix)
Korrick’s (Phoenix)
Levy’s (Tucson)
Sanguinetti’s (Yuma, Somerton, & Gadsden, Arizona; Cahto & Bard, California)
Steinfeld’s (Tucson)
White House (Phoenix)
Yellow Front Stores

MM Cohn (Little Rock), 2007

The Akron, closed 1984
The Broadway (Los Angeles), converted to Macy’s
Brock’s (Bakersfield)
Bullock’s (Los Angeles), converted to Macy’s
Bullocks-Wilshire (Los Angeles), converted to I. Magnin, then Macy’s
Butler Brothers (California)
CBSS (Sacramento)
H. C. Capwell Co. (Oakland)
City of Paris Dry Goods Co. (San Francisco), became City of Paris by Liberty House. Demolished except the rotunda, now part of Neiman Marcus.
Crowley’s (Vallejo)
Daly’s (Eureka)
Disco Department Stores (Subsidiary of Daylin Corp. in Beverly Hills)
Fedway (Los Angeles)
Goodman’s (San Francisco)
Gottschalks, bankrupt March 31, 2009, which closed all of the stores. A few former Gottschalks stores were replaced as Macy’s and Forever 21 in the Pacific region. Three remaining stores in California, Auburn, Clovis and Oakhurst reopened in spring 2011.
Gottschalks Mainline, clearance, etc.
Hale Brothers (San Francisco), merged into The Emporium under Carter, Hawley & Hale
A. Hamburger & Sons. (Los Angeles), purchased by May Co. 1923
Harris Department Store, absorbed by Gottschalks
Hart’s Department Store (San Jose)
Hilson’s (Martinez), three locations closed 2001
Hink’s (Berkeley)
Hinshaw’s (Arcadia and Whittier)
Kahn’s (Oakland)
Levee’s (Vallejo)
Liberty House (became Macy’s)
Lubin’s (Sacramento), merged with Weinstock’s
I. Magnin (San Francisco), converted to Macy’s
Joseph Magnin Co., closed 1984
May Company (Los Angeles), converted to Robinsons-May, then Macy’s
Mervyns of California, operated stores in western US. Bankrupt Dec 2008
F.C. Nash & Co. – Nash’s (Los Angeles)[2]
O’Connor, Moffat & Co., purchased by Macy’s 1945, name changed to Macy’s 1947
Prager’s (San Francisco)
Rhodes (Sacramento and Central Valley), became Liberty House
J.W. Robinson (Los Angeles), converted to Robinsons-May, then Macy’s
Rosenberg’s (Santa Rosa), located on Third Street; now a Barnes & Noble
Sage’s Market (San Bernardino)
Unimart (Los Angeles, San Diego), locations variously became Two Guys, Gemco, FedMart
Walker Scott (San Diego), Solana Beach branch is now a Ross discounter
Weinstein’s (San Francisco)
Weinstock’s (Sacramento) AKA Weinstock/Lubin
White Front
The White House (San Francisco)
Whole Earth Access (Berkeley)
Zody’s (Los Angeles), bankrupt and sold to Ralphs in 1986

Broadway Department Store (Denver)
Crews – Beggs (Pueblo)
The Denver Dry Goods Company, locations throughout the Front Range & Denver Metro
Everybody’s Store (Pueblo)
The Golden Eagle (Denver)
Hibbard and Company (Colorado Springs) 1892-1996
Joslins (Denver), converted to Dillard’s in 1998
A.T. Lewis (Denver)
Neusteters (Denver), with locations along the Front Range ca. 1895-1985
Perkins Shearer (Denver), with locations along the Front Range 1872-1992
Pueblo Store Co.
Wellsworth Department Store (Julesburg)

Ames Department Stores Inc. (Rocky Hill)
Arlan’s Department Store (Waterbury)
Caldor (Norwalk)
D&L (Davidson & Leventhal) (New Britain), branch store at the Manchester Parkade.
D.W. Rogers Co (Greenwich)
The Edw. Malley Co., formerly the largest downtown department store in Downtown New Haven
Fairfield Store (Fairfield), closed 1996
G. Fox & Co. (Hartford), merged into Filene’s, converted to Macy’s 2006
Grant’s (central Connecticut, Stamford)
Howland’s Department Store (Bridgeport), merged into Steinbach of New Jersey
Howland Hughe’s Company (Waterbury), now operating as the Connecticut Store on Bank Street
Genung’s Department Store (Danbury), became Howland’s some time in the late 1970s
Kamen’s (Glastonbury)
Luettgen’s Ltd. (Hartford), 2-floor main anchor at Hartford Civic Center Mall, owned by Aetna Life and Casualty, created because Filene’s would not located in downtown Hartford
Marlow’s Department Store (Manchester), closed 2003
Raphael’s Department Store (New Britain), branch store at the Bristol Centre Mall
Read’s Department Stores (D.M. Read) (Bridgeport), merged into Jordan Marsh
Sage-Allen (Hartford)
Seapark’s Department Store (East Hartford)
Shartenberg’s Department Store (1915–1962), Downtown New Haven. Razed in 1964 as part of Mayor Richard C. Lee’s redevelopment plans.
Skydel’s (Bridgeport)

Hoy`s $.5 and $.10
Montgomery Ward
Strawbridge and Clothier
Wilmington Dry Goods
District of Columbia

Hecht’s, converted to Macy’s 2006
S. Kann Sons Co.
Raleigh Haberdasher, operated originally as a haberdasher; expanded in later years to family fashions. Acquired by Hartmarx Corp. before closing.
Woodward & Lothrop, bankrupt and closed 1995 after briefly acquiring and operating John Wanamaker & Company (Philadelphia)

Burdines (Miami)
Cohen Brothers (Jacksonville), purchased by May in 1959; renamed May-Cohen
Falk’s (Tampa)
Furchgott’s (Jacksonville)
Ivey’s (Jacksonville), purchased by Dillard’s in 1990
Jordan Marsh (Miami)
J.M. Fields (Pompano Beach)
Maas Brothers (Tampa), merged into Burdines in 1991
May-Cohen (Jacksonville)
Parisian (Jacksonville)
Richards (Miami)
Robinsons of Florida (St. Petersburg)
Gayfers (Clearwater, Florida)
Foxmoor (Clearwater, Florida Sunshine Mall)

Adler’s (Savannah)
Chamberlin-Johnson-DuBose (Atlanta)
Cullum’s (Augusta), higher-end department store
Davison’s (Atlanta), owned by Macy’s since 1925 and converted to Macy’s in 1986
Fine’s (Savannah)
Goldstein’s (Marietta)
Hogan’s (Savannah)
J.B. White (Augusta), became Dillard’s in 1998 after J.B. White name was retired
J. M. High Company (Atlanta)
J.P. Allen (Atlanta), women’s store only, men’s store run separately named Zachry
Jones (Canton)
Kessler’s (Atlanta), also locations in Rome, Newnan and Canton; low-end chain that closed in 1995
Kirven’s (Columbus), also one store in LaGrange
Leon Frohsin’s (Atlanta)
Levy’s (Savannah), converted to Maas Brothers in 1987
Michael Brothers (Athens), bought out by Davison-Paxon, later Davison’s
Muse’s (Atlanta), later operated mostly as a specialty shop
Regenstein’s (Atlanta), higher-end department store that closed in the late 1970s
Rich’s (Atlanta), acquired by Macy’s
Saul’s (Marietta), closed in 1970s
Upton’s (Atlanta), liquidated in 1999; regional chain similar to Kohl’s

Liberty House (Honolulu)

Blocks (Idaho Falls and region)
Davids (Moscow)
Idaho Department Store (southern Idaho)

Ackemann’s (Elgin), three-store chain; main store downtown Elgin, branch store downtown Woodstock, furniture gallery Crystal Lake. Chain closed downtown Woodstock store and then sold furniture exclusively until closing in the mid-1990s.
Block & Kuhl (Peoria), acquired by parent company of Carson Pirie Scott, which was later acquired by P.A. Bergner & Co. (also established in Peoria, now Bergner’s, a division of Bon-Ton Stores)
Bressmer’s (John Bressmer and Company) (Springfield), purchased by L. S. Ayres (Indianapolis) in 1958, downtown store closed in 1980
Community Discount (greater Chicago)
The Fair (Chicago and suburbs), acquired by Montgomery Ward in 1958
Gately’s People’s Store
Goldblatt’s (Chicago), some stores acquired by Ames Department Stores Inc.
K’s Merchandise Mart (Decatur)
Lewis’s (Champaign)
Linn & Scruggs (Decatur)
Henry C. Lytton & Co. (Chicago, with branch in Gary, Indiana)
MainStreet Chicago, acquired by Kohl’s in 1988
Marshall Field’s (Chicago), converted to Macy’s September 2006 despite local protest
Maurice L. Rothschild’s
Mayflower (Downtown Chicago), early 1920s to 1930s
Montgomery Ward, mail order store. Founded in 1872, Montgomery Ward pioneered mail-order catalog retailing and opened its first retail store in 1926. A bankruptcy reorganization in 1999 failed to turn the chain around. Closed 2001. Still exists as a catalog/internet/mail order retailer.
Morris’ (Chicago)
Myers Brothers (Springfield), relocated from downtown to White Oaks Mall in 1977, and acquired by Bergner’s of Peoria the following year
Robeson’s (Champaign)
Shopper’s World (Chicago), acquired by Community Discount
Joseph Spiess Company (Elgin), four locations, with former downtown Elgin retail store remaining as corporate office and warehouse. Closed all locations by 1996.
Chas A. Stevens (Chicago)Purchased by Hartmarx Corp. before being closed.
Thrun’s Department Store (Chicago), converted to women’s clothing only approximately 1973. Opening of Ford City Mall was the beginning of the end.
Turn Style (Melrose Park), created by The Jewel Companies, Inc., sold to Venture Stores in 1978
Venture Stores
Charles V. Weise Company, also known simply as ”Weise’s”, a Rockford-based department store. Acquired by P.A. Bergner & Co. in 1954, but remained an autonomous division until 1982 when all Chas. V. Weise and Bergner-Weise locations were renamed Bergner’s.
Wieboldt’s (Chicago)

Ayr-Way (Indianapolis, statewide), originally a division of L. S. Ayres, subsequently acquired by Target
L. S. Ayres (Indianapolis, 6 stores, and statewide)
Ball Stores (Muncie)
Brite-Way (South Bend)
William H. Block Co. (Indianapolis, central Indiana)
Clark’s (Elkhart)
Cook’s (Elkhart)
Danner’s (Indianapolis, statewide), several locations also known as 3D Discount
DeJong’s (Evansville) Purchased by Hartmarx Corp. before being closed.
Drake’s (Elkhart)
Fetla’s (Valparaiso)
Frank’s Dry Goods (Fort Wayne)
The Giant Store (Anderson)
G.L. Perry 5 & 10 (Elkhart)
Goldblatt’s (South Bend)
Gordon’s (Gary)
Heck’s (Fort Wayne)
K&S Department Store (Kokomo)
King’s (Fort Wayne)
George H. Knollenberg Co. (Richmond)
Levine’s Boston Stores (La Porte and Crown Point)
Loeb’s Department Store (Lafayette)
Maddy’s (Middletown)
McNaughton’s (Muncie)
Meis (Terre Haute), acquired by Elder-Beerman in 1987
Edward C. Minas Co. (Hammond), also had a branch store in Calumet City, Illinois at River Oaks Center
Mr. Wiggs (Fort Wayne)
Robertson’s Department Store (South Bend and Elkhart)
Rody’s (Greenfield and Knightstown)
Root Dry Goods Co. (Terre Haute)
L. Strauss & Co. (Indianapolis)
Stillman’s (Fort Wayne, downtown and Southgate), formerly The Grand Leader
Thieme & Schuessler (Lafayette)
Venture Stores (Indianapolis)
H. P. Wasson and Company (Indianapolis)
Weiler’s Banner-Fair Incorporated (Anderson, Portland and Hartford City)
The Wicks Co. (Bloomington)
Wolf & Dessauer (Fort Wayne, downtown and Southtown, and Huntington), purchased from City Store Company by L. S. Ayres (Indianapolis) in 1969 and rebranded as Ayres
Ziesel’s (Elkhart)

Armstrong’s (Cedar Rapids and Dubuque (Kennedy Mall))
Harris-Emery (Des Moines)
Horsefall’s Lansing Iowa
James Black Co. A.K.A. Black’s (Waterloo)

Killian’s (Cedar Rapids)
Newman’s (Cedar Rapids)
Oransky’s (Des Moines)
Sanford’s (Cedar Rapids)
Yetter’s (Iowa City)

S.W. Anderson’s (Owensboro)
J. Bacon’s & Sons “Bacon’s” (Louisville), division of Mercantile Stores Company. All locations merged into sister division McAlpin’s (Cincinnati) 1980s, select locations converted to Dillard’s 1998 with Dillard purchase of Mercantile.
Ben Synder’s (Louisville)
The Denton Co. (Lexington)
Kaufman-Straus (Louisville), changed to Kaufman’s (1960), purchased from City Store Company by L. S. Ayres (Indianapolis) in 1969 and rebranded as Ayres
Levy Brothers (Louisville) 1861-1987
Mitchell, Baker & Smith (Lexington)
Parson’s (Ashland), furniture department continues to operate as standalone business circa 2009
Purcell’s (Lexington)
H. P. Selman & Co. or Selman’s (Louisville), purchased by Weiss Brothers (1961), name changed to Gus Mayer (1970)
Stewart Dry Goods (Louisville and Lexington), division of Associated Dry Goods. Merged into L. S. Ayres (Indianapolis) along with H & S Pogue Company (Cincinnati) in early 1980s, then Macy’s 2006.
Wolfe-Wile Co. (Lexington)

Abdalla’s (Lafayette), last store closed in 2005
Beall-Ladymon (Shreveport), purchased by Stage Stores, Inc in 1994. Stores converted to Stage soon there-after.
Goudchaux’s (New Orleans), on Canal Street; closed in 1986
Goudchaux’s (Baton Rouge), purchased by Maison Blanche in 1980s, converted to that nameplate exclusively soon after
D. H. Holmes (New Orleans), purchased by Dillard’s in 1989
Krause & Company (New Orleans), unit of Mercantile Stores Co. Select locations converted to Dillard’s 1998.
Krauss, 1903–1997
Maison Blanche (New Orleans), last operated under that name by Mercantile Stores Co. Remaining Maison Blanche stores converted to Dillard’s in 1998.
M. Levy & Co. (Shreveport), last operated in the early 1980s.
Muller’s (Lake Charles), closed in 1986
Palais Royal (Shreveport), purchased by Wellan’s in 1985. Rebranded and later closed. Stage later revived the name after their purchase of Wellan’s.
Rubenstein’s (Shreveport), shuttered in the late 1980s.
Selber Bros. (Shreveport), purchased by and converted to Dillard’s in 1988
Weiss & Goldring (Alexandria), main store closed in 2005, now operates as a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) men’s store
West Brothers, Minden
WF Beall & Co. (Shreveport), converted to Beall-Ladymon in the 1980s.
The White House (Lake Charles), Beaumont, Texas-based department store, closed in the early 1990s

Arlan’s Department Store (Portland)
Berman’s (Eastport)
Freeses (Bangor), affiliated with Almy, Bigelow & Washburn (Almy’s Stores), Salem, Massachusetts
Giant (Brunswick)
Grand City Variety (Brunswick)
Grants Department Store (Bangor, Biddeford, Old Town, Rockland, Portland, Brunswick)
Kresge (Lewiston)
Mammoth Mart (Bangor, Biddeford, Scarborough)
McLellan’s (Westbrook)
J.J. Newberry (Ellsworth, Norway)
Porteous, Mitchell & Braun (Congress Street, Portland), branch locations in Auburn, Bangor, Brunswick, Presque Isle, South Portland, Newington, New Hampshire and Burlington, Vermont
Rines Bros. (Portland)
W.F. Senter (Brunswick), now called Senter Place
A.H. Benoit (Portland)

Acme (Dundalk, Baltimore)
Bradleys (Dundalk, Baltimore)
Braeger Gutman’s (Baltimore)
Braeger (Baltimore) merged with Gutmans, became Braeger Gutman’s
Gutman’s (Baltimore) merged with Braeger, became Braeger Gutman’s
Cooks (Dundalk, Baltimore)
Epstein’s (Baltimore), started on Eastern Ave. and spread to the suburbs
Eyerly’s (Hagerstown and Frederick), bought by Bon-Ton in 1946 and changed name to Bon-Ton in the mid-to-late-1970s
Garfinckel’s (Washington, D.C., and Maryland suburbs)
Hecht’s (Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Maryland suburbs), converted to Macy’s 2006
Hochschild Kohn’s (Baltimore and Maryland suburbs)
Hutzler’s (Baltimore and Maryland suburbs)
S. Klein (Beltway Plaza, Greenbelt)
Lazarus (Cumberland)
Peskins (Cumberland)
Stewart’s (Baltimore and Maryland suburbs)
Sunny’s Surplus (Baltimore, Dundalk, Elkridge, Towson)

Albert Steiger’s (Springfield), sold to May Co, 1996
Almy, Bigelow & Washburn (Almy’s Stores) (flagship store in Salem)
Ann & Hope
AJ Wright (Framingham, Massachusetts) Sold by TJX Companies in 2010
Arlan’s Department Store (New Bedford)
Bailey’s Department Store (Holyoke)
Barnard, Summer & Putnam Co. (Worcester)
The Bell Shops (Lynn, Ma); later founders of Zayers
The Bon Marche (Lowell), later merged into Jordan Marsh
Boston Store (North Adams), owned by Forbes & Wallace; later became England Bros.
Bradlees (Boston)
Corcoran’s (Cambridge)
Daniel Lowe and Company (Salem, Ma)
Denholm & McKay (Worcester), two branches at one time
Edgar’s (Brockton and Fall River), affiliated with Almy’s Stores
Empire (Salem and Gloucester)
The Fair Department Store in Worcester, Spencer, Southbridge, West Boylston, Gardner, Whitensville, Millford.
England Brothers (Pittsfield), closed 1988
Filene’s (Boston), converted to Macy’s 2006
Filene’s Basement (Boston), separated from parent Filene’s in 1988, closed 2011
Forbes & Wallace (Springfield)
Gilchrist’s (Boston)
Grover Cronin (Waltham)
J.M. Fields
Jerry’s Army-Navy (Salem and Newburyport, Ma)
Jordan Marsh (Boston), converted to Macy’s in 1991 due to bankruptcy
Kennedy’s (Boston)Merged with Hamburger’s of Baltimore, closed completely in 1992
King’s Department Stores Inc. (Brockton)
Lechmere Closed 1997 Cambridge, Massachusetts
London’s (Attleboro)
Mammoth Mart (flagship store in Framingham)
Mars’ Bargainland (New Bedford)
McCollum’s (Northampton), owned by Forbes and Wallace
R.A. McWhirr (Fall River)
Michell & Co. (Haverhill)
Orbit’s, acquired by Bradlees in the late 1960s
Parke Snow Inc. (Fitchburg)
A. G. Pollard’s & Sons (Lowell)
H.W. Pray Co. (Newburyport)
Raymonds Department Stores (Boston)
Remick’s (Quincy)
Rich’s Department Stores (Greenfield)
T.W. Roger’s Co. (Lynn)
The Shepard Co. (Boston)
Sommerville Lumber (Sommerville and Salem, Ma)
SPAGS (Shrewsbury), 1936–2004, sold to Building 19
Spark’s Department Store (Norwood)
Star Store (New Bedford and Fairhaven)
R.H. Stearns Co. (Boston)
Service Merchandise
Stuart’s Department Store (Lowell)
Sutherland’s (Lawrence), with a branch in Newington, New Hampshire
System Co. (Lynn)
R.H. Whites (Boston, Leominster, Worcester); Worcester location owned by Almy’s stores just before closing
William A. Allen Co. (Leominster), one branch remaining out of four
Zayre (Framingham)

Arlan’s Department Store (Detroit: 8 Mile Road and Telegraph N.E. Corner, Warren)
B. Siegel (Detroit), seven stores at the chain’s peak, closed in 1981
Colonial (Detroit)
Crowley’s (Detroit), sold to Value City in 1999
Demrey’s (Detroit), purchased by Crowley’s in 1974
The Fair (Lansing, Flint)
Federal’s (Detroit), discount department store, closed in 1980.Locations were at Livonia and Universal Malls
Gilmore Brothers (Kalamazoo), closed in 1999
Goodyear’s (Ann Arbor)
Grand Leader (Battle Creek)
Herpolsheimer’s (Grand Rapids, Muskegon), sold to Lazarus in 1988
Himelhoch Brothers & Company (Detroit), closed in 1977
Houseman’s (Grand Rapids)
Hudson’s (Detroit), converted to Marshall Field & Company, then Macy’s 2006
J.W. Knapp’s (Lansing), also included Smith Bridgman’s of Flint; all three buildings were sold to J. C. Penney in the 1980s
Jacobson’s (Jackson), independent regional luxury department store chain located primarily in Michigan and Florida, but also had stores in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Kansas. The last store closed its doors in early 2002. Then, one store in Winter Park, Florida was re-established as Jacobson’s in 2004.
John Preih Mercantile Co. (Mount Clemens), Closed June 1982
Kern’s (Detroit), closed in 1959
Kresge’s and S. S. Kresge (Michigan), former owners of K-Mart, frequently credited with invention of the modern discount department store with start of K-Mart in 1960. Last stores closed early 1980s. Stores included lunch counters and fountain service as well as full department stores. Also operated Jupiter stores which were a smaller-scale version of Kresge’s.
May’s of Michigan (Grand Rapids)
Milliken’s (Traverse City)
Miracle Mart (Detroit: 8 Mile Road)
People’s Outfitting Company (Detroit)
Robinson’s (Battle Creek)
Rogers Department Store (Grand Rapids)
Steketee’s (Grand Rapids)
Toeller’s (Battle Creek), sold to L. W. Robinson Co. in 1971
Topp’s (RedfordTownship),Telegraph & Schoolcraft
Winkelman’s (Detroit)
Wurzburg’s (Grand Rapids)

Brett’s (Mankato), 1858–1992
H. Choate & Co. (Winona), est. 1861
Dayton’s (Minneapolis), converted to Marshall Field & Company, then Macy’s 2006
Dueber’s Inc. (Waconia)
Fandel’s Department Store (St. Cloud), 1882–1986
Field Schlick Co. (St. Paul)
Frank Murphy’s
Glass Block (Duluth, MN) 1887-1998
Golden Rule
C.F. Massey Co (Rochester)
Ochs (Faribault)
Panton & White (Duluth), est. 1887, name changed to Glass Block 1913, multiple sales and mergers 1994 & 1998, now Younkers
Powers Dry Goods (Minneapolis), division of Associated Dry Goods
Salkin & Linoff (Minneapolis)
Schuneman & Evans (St. Paul)
Sunders Jordan Minnesota
Van Arsdell’s
Young Quinlan (Minneapolis)

Egger’s Department Store (Columbus)
Kennington’s, purchased by McRae’s
The Lampton Co. (Columbia)
McRae’s (Jackson), Belk in 2006
W.E. Walker Stores (Jackson)

Buckner-Ragsdale Company (Cape Girardeau), founded 1907, closed 1982
Emery, Bird, Thayer, and Company (Kansas City)
Famous-Barr (St. Louis), absorbed by May Department Stores early 1990s, sold to Macy’s chain 2006
Grand Pa’s (formally known as Grandpa Pigeon’s), closed in 1999
Heer’s (Springfield), established in 1869, closed in 1995
The Jones Store (Kansas City), absorbed by May Department Stores 1998, sold to Macy’s chain 2006
The Levy Store (Butler), sold by Martin and Judy Levy
Newman’s (Joplin), acquired by parent company of Heer’s of Springfield in early 1980s, closed in 1995
Scruggs Vandervoort & Barney (St. Louis), closed in 1967
Stix, Baer, Fuller (St. Louis), acquired by Dillard’s in 1983
Townsend Wyatt & Wall (St. Joseph)
Venture Stores (St. Louis)

Buttrey’s (Havre)
Hart-Albin Co. (Billings)
Hennessy’s, acquired by Dillard’s chain in 1998
Kalispell Mercantile (Kalispell), founded 1887, closed 1980s
JM McDonald’s (Montana, Wyoming, others)
The Paris (Great Falls)

J. L. Brandeis and Sons Store (Omaha), acquired by Younkers in 1987
Gold’s of Nebraska (Lincoln), acquired by J. L. Brandeis and Sons Store in 1964. Building now Gold’s Galleria office/retail complex.
JM McDonald’s (Hastings), eventually grew to a chain of 82 stores
Miller & Paine (Lincoln and Grand Island), acquired by Dillard’s in late 1980s
F. W. Woolworth Omaha, Nebraska
New Hampshire

The Lynch Corp (Manchester)
Speare Dry Goods (Nashua)
Steinbach (Manchester, New Hampshire) Sold to The Bon-Ton
Ward’s Department Store (Hanover)
New Jersey

Alexander’s (Paramus)
Atlantic Department Store (Trenton), known by the South Trenton locals as Atlantic Mills
Bamberger’s (Newark and other NJ locations), division of R.H. Macy, most former locations operating as of 2009 as Macy’s
Chase-Newark (Newark and 2 branches)
The Dry Goods (Cherry Hill, Deptford)
S. P. Dunham’s (Trenton & environs)
M. Epstein (Morristown), 3 locations
J.M. Fields
FMC (Morris Plains)
Garwood Mills (Atlantic City)
Georke’s (Elizabeth), absorbed by Steinbach
W. T. Grant
Hahne and Company (Newark and statewide), New Jersey’s carriage trade store merged into sister division Lord & Taylor
E. J. Korvette (North Brunswick)
Kresge-Newark (Newark and 2 branches)
Levy’s (Elizabeth and other NJ locations)
Meyer Brothers (Paterson & Wayne)
Miller Wohl Co (Secaucus)
Mr. Big
Muir’s Department Store
Nevius-Voorhees (HQ in Trenton?, a store -P.J. Young’s – in New Brunswick)
Quackenbush (Paterson), absorbed by Stern’s
Reynolds Brothers (Lakewood)
Sealfons (Summit, Ridgewood, Wayne, Caldwell, Red Bank, Princeton, Shrewsbury, Westfield).
Steinbach (New Jersey locations)
Tepper’s Department Store (Plainfield)
J.M. Towne & Co.
Two Guys (also known as Two Guys from Harrison)
Unishops Inc (Jersey City)
Valley Fair Corp (Little Ferry and two other locations)
P.J. Young’s – Nevius Voorhees (New Brunswick)
New York

Abraham & Straus (Brooklyn)
Abrahamson-Bigelow Co (Jamestown)
Abrahams Bros. (New York City)
J. N. Adam & Co. (Buffalo)
The Addis Company, merged with Dey Brothers (Syracuse)
Alexander’s (New York metropolitan area), declared bankruptcy in 1992
Almart Stores (New York City)
B. Altman and Company (New York City)
AM&A’s (Adam, Meldrum, & Anderson Company, Buffalo), purchased by The Bon-Ton of York, Pennsylvania in 1994
Arnold Constable (Fifth Avenue, New York City)
Atlantic Department Stores (New York City)
Barker’s (multiple locations)
Beirs (Niagara Falls)
L. L. Berger (Buffalo), last store, in downtown Buffalo, closed in 1991
Best & Co. (New York), closed in the 1960s
Bigelow’s (Jamestown)
Bonwit Teller (New York City, Boston, and upstate New York)
Bresee’s (Oneonta), founded 1899
Britt’s (Vestal)
Burt’s (Endicott)
C. L. Carr Company (Batavia)
Chappell’s (Syracuse), merged into The Bon-Ton of York, Pennsylvania in the 1990s
De Pinna on Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Dey Brothers (Dey’s, Syracuse)
Edson’s, in the Hotel Syracuse
Empsall’s (Watertown)
Family Bargain Center (regional), founded 1956 in Utica
J.M. Fields
B. Forman Co. (Rochester)
Fowler, Dick & Walker – The Boston Store (Binghamton), now Boscov’s
Garber’s (Staten Island)
Gertz’s Department Stores (Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties), owned by Allied Stores; closed in 1982 and changed to Stern’s then Macy’s
Gimbels (Manhattan), rivalry of Macy’s and Gimbels is immortalized in Miracle on 34th Street; Benard Gimbel, the owner of Gimbels, along with Horace Saks founded Saks Fifth Avenue
Gold Circle (multiple locations)
Grand Way (Grand Union (supermarket))
Hearn’s Manhattan & The Bronx
Hens and Kelly (Buffalo)
Hills Department Stores
Izard’s (Elmira)
Jenss (Buffalo), closed their last location on 15 September 2000
Joy department stores (Glens Falls and Rensselaer)
KBC/Kamino Bargain Center (Fulton), started by retired founder of Family Bargain Center
E. J. Korvette (New York City), closed 1980
Lamstons (Manhattan)
Luckey, Platt & Company Department Store (Poughkeepsie)
MacDonald’s, located in the Hotel Syracuse, with a second location in Palm Beach, Florida
Martin’s (Brooklyn)
J.W. Mays (Downstate New York), closed 1989, now leases old store locations
McCurdy & Company (Rochester, Midtown Plaza)
McLean’s (Binghamton)
Moskin’s Credit Clothing
John G. Myers (Albany)
Nichols Discount City (S.E. Nichols)
Ohrbach’s, liquidated in 1987 and acquired by Howland-Steinbach
Robbins (New York City), closed 1999
Rockwell’s (Corning)
Rothschild Bros. Department Store (Ithaca) 1882-1980
Sattler’s (Buffalo)
Sibley’s (Sibley, Lindsey, & Curr) (Rochester), unit of Associated Dry Goods later merged into L.S. Ayers (Indianapolis) and then select locations converted to Lord & Taylor
Sisson Brothers & Weldon (Binghamton)
Stars (Vestal)
A.T. Stewart’s (Manhattan), purchased by Wanamaker’s of Pennsylvania
Sullivan’s (Liberty and Middletown)
Swezey & Newins Inc (Patchogue)
Times Square Stores, discount department chain mostly focused on Long Island
Twin Fair, Inc. dba Twin Fair (multiple locations)
Wallace’s (Schenectady, Poughkeepsie and Kingston), owned by Forbes & Wallace, Springfield, Massachusetts
Weston’s (Vestal)
North Carolina

Bon Marche (Asheville), acquired by Ivey’s in the late 1970s
Brody’s (Kinston), acquired by Proffitt’s in 1998
Ivey’s (Charlotte), acquired by Dillard’s in 1990
The Capitol (Fayetteville), closed in 1990
The Collins Company (Charlotte), acquired by Peeble’s in 1984
Waccamaw, closed 1998

North Dakota

De Lendrecie’s (Fargo)
The Fair (Minot)
Fauchald’s (Minot)
Herbst (Fargo)
A.W. Lucas (Bismarck)
Ontario Store (Grand Forks)
The Store Without a Name (Fargo)

Bargain City, see Rink’s
Bailey Brothers (Cleveland, Ohio) Later Bailey’s Department Store, closed 1968.
Bragdon’s (Portsmouth)
Buckeye Mart (Columbus, Ohio) closed early 1970s.
Clark’s (Portsmouth)
Concord City (Dayton)
Cook’s flagship of Cook United Corporation.
Donenfeld’s (Dayton)
Edward Wren Co. (Springfield), merged with & rebranded as William H. Block Co. (Indianapolis) closed 1987
Federal, (Cleveland, Ohio), not part of Federated Stores, this company closed in the early 1970s
Frank Brothers (Marion, Ohio), Closed 1979.
Giant Store (Ashland)
Gold Circle (Columbus, Ohio) part of the Federated Stores Company
Goldman’s (Dayton)
Gregg’s (Lima)
Halle Brothers Co. (Cleveland), division of Marshall Field & Company, sold 1981, closed 1982-83
Harts Stores a division of Big Bear Stores, Columbus, Ohio
Hawks Department Store (Bryan)
Heck’s Department Store
Halle Brothers also known as “Halles”
Higbee’s (Cleveland), converted to Dillard’s
Hills Department Stores
J.J. Newberry Company. This chain had many stores in Ohio including: Coshocton, Wooster, East Palastine, Cincinnati. The company came under control of McCrory Stores in 1974. John Josiah Newberry the founder of the company died in 1954.
John J. Carroll {Newark, Ohio}.
Jupiter Stores , Division of the S.S. Kresge Company} Operated several stores in Ohio. Including one in Downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio which had been a S. S. Kresge store for many years. Also a location in Downtown Ashland, Ohio. Jupiter was a no frills store. When leases were soon to be up on several S. S. Kresge stores the Jupiter format was put in place. All remaining Kresge and Jupiter stores were sold to McCrory in 1987 with the Canadian Kresge and Jupiter stores closing in 1994.
Kobackers (Canton, Portsmouth)
Lamson Brothers (Toledo). Lamson’s entered bankruptcy and closed in 1976.
Lasalle & Koch Co. (Toledo), bought by R.H. Macy in 1923; operated under the Lasalle’s name until 1981, when Macy consolidated Lasalle’s with another division, Macy’s Missouri-Kansas, to form Macy’s Midwest. Macy sold the former Lasalle’s stores to Elder-Beerman of Dayton in 1985.
Lazarus (Columbus), a founding division of Federated Stores, name change briefly to Lazarus-Macy’s and then Macy’s in 2005. Operating under that name as of 2009.
Leader Store (Lima), converted to Elder-Beerman, still operating as of 2009
The Lion Dry Goods Co. (Toledo), known locally as the Lion Store. Some locations survive as of 2009 with the Dillard’s name, following their 1998 purchase of Lion’s previous owner, Mercantile Stores Co.
Mabley & Carew (Cincinnati), unit of Allied Department Stores
Marting Brothers (Portsmouth), founded 1872, closed 2003 as Ohio’s last locally owned major department store (100,000+ sq ft)
May Company (Cleveland), merger into May’s Kaufmann’s (Pittsburgh) division and converted to Macy’s 2006
McAlpin’s (Cincinnati), unit of Mercantile Stores Co., select locations operating as Dillard’s as of 2009
Millers (Urbana, Ohio) also, Marion, Ohio (closed 1968).
Morhouse Martin (Columbus, Ohio),
Mr. Wiggs
Murphy’s Mart
NBC Stores (Norwalk & Bellevue)
Neville’s (Lakewood, Ohio)
O’Neil’s Department Store (Akron), merged into May Company Cleveland, then May’s Kaufmann’s (Pittsburgh) division, converted to Macy’s in 2006
Ontario’s (Columbus) part of Cook United.
H & S Pogue Co. (Cincinnati), division of Associated Dry Goods. Merged into sister division L. S. Ayres (Indianapolis) in early 1980s, which was converted to Macy’s in 2006.
Polsky’s (Akron)
Rattenberg’s ,{Utica}.
Rike Kumler Co. (Dayton), division of Federated Department Stores. Briefly merged into sister division John W. Shillito Company (Cincinnati) in early 1980s as Shillito-Rike’s.
Rink’s Also operated Bargain City, and Rink’s Bargain City stores.
Ringwalts {Mount Vernon}
Rudin’s {Mount Vernon}
John Shillito Company (Cincinnati), division of Federated Department Stores. Briefly merged into sister division Rike-Kumler Company (Dayton) in early 1980s as Shillito-Rike’s, and then with sister division F&R Lazarus (Columbus). Select locations converted to Macy’s 2006.
Sterling & Welch (Cleveland), later Sterling & Lindner.
Stern and Mann (Canton)
Strouss (Youngstown), division of May Department Stores, merged into May Company Cleveland, then May’s Kaufmann’s (Pittsburgh) division, converted to Macy’s 2006
Sutton & Lightner (Marion, Ohio) and Florida.
The Fashion (Columbus, Ohio), later merged with Morhouse Martins to form “Morhouse Fashion”
Taylor’s (Cleveland) closed in the 1970s.
Tiedtke’s (Toledo)
Uhler’s (Marion, Ohio) Founded as the Uhler Phillips Company. James Phillips left the company following the scandal that linked his wife Carrie Phillips with President Warren G. Harding.
Uhlman’s (Bowling Green), also known as F.W. Uhlman in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan
Uncle Bill’s a northeast Ohio chain that was part of Cook United stores.
Union Company (Columbus), purchased by Cleveland-based * Value City Sold by Schottenstein holdings of Columbus
Kenricks Portsmouth Ohio


Brown Duncan (Tulsa)
John A. Brown (Oklahoma City), was part of Dayton Hudson; absorbed by Dillard’s
Frougs (Tulsa)
Katz (Stillwater)
Kerr’s (Oklahoma City)
Rothschild’s (Oklahoma City)
Scott-Halliburton (later Gloyd-Halliburton, McEwen-Halliburton, finally simply Halliburton’s) (Oklahoma City)
Vandever’s (Tulsa, Bartlesville)

C.J. Breier Co, a department store chain of about 56 located in Oregon, Washington and Idaho
Lipman’s (was part of Dayton Hudson)
Olds, Wortman & King (Portland)
Troutman’s Emporium

Armstrong – Collier Inc. (Oil City)
Basco (Pittsburgh and Suburbs)
Big N (1960s)
Bloom Brothers Department Stores (Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Dry Run, and Burnt Cabins; also Baltimore, Maryland), 1897–1944
Boggs and Buhl (Pittsburgh), closed in 1958 from the mid-19th century
Boston Store (Erie)
Bright’s Department Store, Carbon Plaza Mall, Lehighton
Britt’s Department Store (Allentown)
Brody’s (Indiana)
Claber’s (Pittsburgh and Suburbs)
Colonial Fair (Waynesboro)
Conn Brothers (Chambersburg, Mercersburg, and Dry Run), 1897–1932
Cox’s (McKeesport), 1955–1983
Danks & Co. (Lewistown, State College, Bellefonte, Clarion, Indiana), 1924–1995
Dahlkemper’s (Pittsburgh and Suburbs)
David Weis (Pittsburgh and Suburbs)
Deisroth’s (Hazelton)
E.J. Korvette’s (Philadelphia area)
Fisher’s Big Wheel, closed in 1994
Fowler, Dick & Walker, The Boston Store (downtown Wilkes-Barre), converted to Boscovs
Frank & Seder’s (Pittsburgh)
Gable’s (Altoona)
GC Murphy Co. (Pittsburgh & Suburbs)
Gee Bee Department Stores
Gimbels (Downtown Pittsburgh and Suburbs)
The Globe Store (Scranton), closed in 1986[3]
Glosser Brothers
Grant’s Department Store (Chambersburg and Lehighton)
(W.T.) Grant’s Department Store (Sayre)
Hess’s (Allentown), closed in 1996
Hills Department Stores
Horne’s (Pittsburgh), closed in 1994
Isaac Longs (Wilkes-Barre)
J.E. Tobacco
J.M. Fields
Kaufmann’s (Pittsburgh), converted to Macy’s 2006
Kresge’s (Pittsburgh and Suburbs) (S. S. Kresge was also the founder of K-Mart Stores) * * S. H. Kress & Co.-Kress (Nanticoke)
Laneco (Easton)
Laubach’s (Easton), sold to Allied Stores in 1947, replaced by Pomeroy’s then closed
Lazarus Bros. (Wilkes-Barre) destroyed by 1972 flood
Lazarus (Downtown Pittsburgh and Suburbs)
Leh’s (Allentown area), closed in 1994
Lit Brothers (Philadelphia), closed in 1977
Metzler’s (Uniontown)
Montgomery Ward
Murphy’s Mart (Pittsburgh and Suburbs)
Nichol’s (Chambersburg)
Paige’s Department Store (Athens)
Penn Traffic
Orr’s (Bethlehem, Easton), closed in 1993
Pomeroy’s (Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, Reading, and Philadelphia area)
Rosenbaum’s (Pittsburgh)
Ruggle’s (Towanda)
Service Merchandise
Sugermans (Scranton area)
Snellenburg’s (Philadelphia area), 1869-1962
L. L. Stearns & Sons Department Store (Williamsport), closed late 1970s or early 1980s, assets sold 1986
Stephen Richards (Pittsburgh and Suburbs)
Strawbridge & Clothier (Philadelphia), converted to Macy’s 2006
Swanson’s (Titusville)
Towers (Pittsburgh and Suburbs)
Troutman’s, a division of Allied Stores (flagship location in downtown Greensburg); also locations in Butler, Connellsville, Latrobe, Washington, New Castle
Two Guys Department Store
John Wanamaker’s (Philadelphia), sold to Carter Hawley Hale 1970s, then Washington DC-based Woodward & Lothrop; sold to May Company in 1995 which briefly operated stores as Hecht’s before converting downtown flagship to Lord & Taylor and most suburban locations to Strawbridge’s; converted to Macy’s 2006
Watt & Shand (Lancaster), sold to The Bon-Ton
Woolworth’s (Pittsburgh and Suburbs)
Zayre (Pittsburgh & Suburbs)
Zollinger-Harned Co. (Allentown)
Rhode Island

Apex Stores (flagship in Pawtucket)
Cherry & Webb (Providence)
William Levy’s Dry Goods (Newport)
McCarthy Dry Goods (Woonsocket)
The Outlet Company (Providence)
Peerless Department Store(Providence)
The Shepard Co. (Providence)
South Carolina

Berry’s On Main (Columbia)
Kerrison’s (Charleston)
Meyers-Arnold (Greenville, South Carolina), acquired by Upton’s in 1987
Tapp’s (Columbia), closed in 1995
The Capitol (Sumter), closed early 1980s

Bry’s (Memphis), sold to the parent company of Lowenstein’s in 1956 before going out of business[4]
Cain-Sloan (Nashville), absorbed by Dillard’s
Castner-Knott (Nashville), division of Mercantile Stores Company
Gerber’s (Memphis), closed in 1975[4]
Goldsmith’s (Memphis), Merged into Rich’s, later converted to Macy’s
Harvey’s (Nashville)
Julius Lewis (Memphis)
Levy’s (Memphis), converted to Gus Mayer
Loveman’s (Chattanooga), acquired by Proffitt’s in 1986
Lowenstein’s (Memphis), absorbed by Dillard’s
Miller’s of Tennessee (Knoxville), sold to Hess’s in 1987
Miller Brothers Co. (Chattanooga), combined with Miller’s of Tennessee in the early 1970s
Proffitt’s (Alcoa), converted to Belk stores in 2006
Shainberg’s (Memphis)
Wolfe Brothers (Memphis)

Barker’s (San Antonio)
Battlestein’s (Houston)
Ben F. Smith’s (Texarkana), partially destroyed by top floor night club fire; now a mixed-use development
Blackburn’s (Amarillo))
Cobb’s (Lubbock)
Colbert’s (Amarillo)
Cox’s (Waco), closed in 1995
Cox’s (Fort Worth) merged with W. C. Stripling & Sons
Dryden’s (Port Arthur)
Dunlap’s (Lubbock and many other West Texas/ New Mexico locations), closed in 2007
Eibands (Galveston)
Everybody’s (Fort Worth), owned by Leonard Bros.
The Fair (Galveston)
The Fair Stores (Fort Worth and Arlington)
Foley Brothers (Houston), division of May Company, converted to Macy’s in 2006
Frost Bros. (San Antonio)
Gemco (Houston)
Goldstein – Migel (Waco)
Hemphill-Wells (Lubbock)
Joske’s (San Antonio) (purchased by Dillard’s)
Leonard Brothers (Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst, Irving), acquired by Tandy Corp. 1970s, later Dillard’s
Levenson & Rosenberg (El Paso)
Levy’s (Galveston)
Lichtenstein’s (Corpus Christi)
Meacham’s (Fort Worth), competed with Neiman Marcus, acquired by Tandy Corp in 1970s
Minter’s (Abilene)
Mitchell’s (Fort Worth)
Monnig’s (Fort Worth)
Nathan’s (Galveston)
The Popular (El Paso)
Sage Department Store and Grocery (Houston)
Sakowitz (Houston)
Sanger-Harris (Dallas), division of Federated Dept Stores, merged into sister division Foley Brothers (Houston) in early 1980s, converted to Macy’s in 2006
Schwartz’s (Galveston)
Stripling & Cox (Fort Worth)
W.C. Stripling & Sons (Fort Worth), merged with Cox’s
Thornton’s (Abilene), dissolved by Thornton family in 1988 & building/land given to the city of Abilene for law enforcement center
Titche-Goettinger (Dallas area), purchased by Joske’s
Watson’s (Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Hurst)
The White House (El Paso and Las Cruces, New Mexico), closed in 1983
Wolff & Marx (San Antonio), purchased by rival Joske’s in 1965

Buehler-Bingham (Ogden)
Fred Meyer
Grand Central Stores, acquired by Fred Meyers 1985, acquired 1999 by Kroger in a merger and operations assumed by Smith’s Food and Drug Stores (now a separate division of Kroger and converted into Smith’s Marketplace)
The Paris
ZCMI (Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution), founded and operated by LDS Church until purchase by May Co (1999). Became Meier and Frank in 2003. Some stores sold to Dillard’s but others became Macy’s in 2005

Abernathy-Clarkson-Wright (Burlington)
Economy Department Store (Rutland)
Gaynes (Burlington)
Grand Way (South Burlington)
Hill’s (Winooski)
F.C. Luce Co. (Waterbury)
The Economy Store 1934-2010 (Northfield)

Altschul’s Department Store (Norfolk)
Ames & Brounley (Norfolk]
The Bargain Center (Martinsville]
H.B. Carter & Co (Warrenton)
Fine’s Men Shop (Norfolk/Hampton Roads metro area)
Gammon’s (Rural Retreat)
Globeman Stores (Martinsville)
S.H. Heironimus (Roanoke)
Miller & Rhoads (Richmond)
Morton’s Department Store (Arlington)
Rices Nachmans, formerly the Rices and Nachmans chains (Norfolk/Hampton Roads metro area)
Smith & Welton (Norfolk)
Southern Department Stores (Petersburg)
Thalhimers (Richmond)

Bell’s of Burien, renamed Lamonts in 1969
Bremer’s (Bremerton), founded by Bremer, also the founder of Bremerton; closed circa 1985
The Crescent (Spokane), a division of B.A.T.U.S
Elvins’ (Puyallup), 1908–1979
Farrel & Eddy (Camas), in several different forms between 1902 and going out of business in 1998
Frederick & Nelson (Seattle), division of Marshall Field & Company(Chicago)
Gardner’s (Walla Walla), estd. 1861, closed 1980
Gov-Mart/Baza’r (Seattle), operated in Washington and Oregon, sold to K-Mart in 1973 and renamed as Payless
House of Values (Seattle), sold to K-mart in 1973 along with Gov-Mart/Baza’r, renamed as Payless/House of Values
Jayhawks (Enumclaw)
Lynden Department Store (Lynden), 1897–1979; building destroyed by fire in 2008
MacDougall-Southwick (Seattle) 1874-1964, opened several stores in Puget Sound region
Peoples (Tacoma), 7-store chain in the Puget Sound region, owned by Mercantile Stores Co.; closed in 1983
Proffitt’s (Centralia, Chehalis, Longview, Olympia), opened in 1907 by Lee Proffitt; the chain folded in 1977
Rhodes Brothers (Tacoma), renamed Liberty House in 1974
Rhodes of Seattle, not related to the Tacoma store; renamed Lamonts 1i 1969
Schacht’s Department Store (Burlington), from 1905 to 1940
Valu-Mart (Seattle), renamed Leslie’s in 1974, acquired by Fred Meyer in 1976
Wahl’s (Bellingham), operated in downtown from 1913 to 1972
Wigwam Stores Inc. (based in Seattle)
White Front (Burien, Tacoma, Shoreline, Bellevue, Everett), 1969 to 1972
Yard Birds (Chehalis, Olympia, Shelton)
Young’s (Pasco)
West Virginia

Anderson-Newcomb (Huntington), acquired by Stone & Thomas
Collins’ (Charleston), opened 1937
Coyle & Richardson (Charleston)
The Diamond (Charleston and Vienna)
Gee Bee Part of Glosser Brothers of Ohio.
D. Gundling & co.
Heck’s Department Store, shuttered in the early 1990s
The Huntington Store (Huntington)
L.A. Joe Department Store
Levin’s (Charleston), estd. 1915
Lowndes’ (Clarksburg)
The Magic Carpet (Wheeling)
Morrison Store Co. (Clarksburg)
G. C. Murphy
George M Snook Co. (Wheeling)
Steifel’s (Wheeling)
Stone & Thomas, West Virginia’s biggest department store chain; bought by Elder-Beerman in 1998
Value City (Wheeling) (not to be confused wiith the Columbus, Ohio chain)
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Watts-Sartor-Lear (Clarksburg)

Doerflinger’s (La Crosse), closed in the 1980s
Gimbel’s (Milwaukee), converted to Marshall Field’s then one former Gimbel’s location (Madison) to Macy’s 2006.
Johnson-Hill (Wisconsin Rapids)
H. C. Prange Co. (Sheboygan), sold to Younkers in 1992
Prange Way (De Pere), spun off in 1990 by H.C. Prange Co.; closed 1996
Schuster’s (Milwaukee), bought by Gimbels in 1962
GOLDMANNS (Milwaukee) closed in 2007
National and regional

Acorn Stores (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Ames Department Stores Inc. (based in Rocky Hill, Connecticut)
Arlan’s Department Store (Mid-Atlantic and Midwest)
Bradlees (based in Boston, Massachusetts) (New England, Mid-Atlantic)
Britt’s Department Store (national)
Caldor (based in Norwalk, Connecticut) (New England, Mid-Atlantic)
Circuit City Stores
E. J. Korvette
G. E. M. Membership Department Stores (national/Ontario, Canada; also known as G.E.X. and G.E.S.)
Jack’s (operated by Penn-Daniels and based in Quincy, Illinois with locations in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri)
Jamesway (Mid-Atlantic)
S. H. Kress & Co., Puerto Rico subsidiary Tiendas Kress lives on, having survived parent company
Leggett (Mid-Atlantic), now part of the Belk chain
Linens ‘n Things
McCrory Stores (national)
Montgomery Ward (national – Chicago)
Odd Job Stores, Inc. (located in the northeast and midwestern U.S.)
P.N. Hirsch
Stern’s (New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania)
Steve & Barry’s
Two Guys (Mid-Atlantic)
Woolco, founded by the F. W. Woolworth Company as a full-line discount department store
Zayre (New England, Mid-Atlantic, Chicago, Florida)

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