- List of defunct department stores of the United States
The extent of
department stores in America is an incalculable number. Many towns had multiple department stores over the years. Others changed names and some only existed for a short time. The stores on this list of defunct department stores of the United States range from small-town one-unit stores to big city mega-chains that have disappeared over the past 100 years, including both traditional department stores and discount stores.
= Department stores involved with Federated and May =Many United States department
store chains and local department stores, some with long and proud histories, went out of business or lost their identities between 1990 and 2005 as the result of a complex series of corporate mergers and acquisitionsthat involved Federated Department Storesand May Department Storesand that resulted in many stores becoming units of Macy's, Inc.. The following is a list of the affected stores, including some local and regional stores that earlier had been absorbed into chains that became part of Federated, May, or Macy's.
Abraham & Straus(Macy's in 1995)
** D. M. Read
Bamberger's(Macy's in 1986)
The Bon Marché(Macy's in 2005)
** C.C. Anderson's Golden Rule (The Bon Marché in 1923)
*** The Paris (The Bon Marché in the early 1980s)
** Barnes-Woodin Co. (Yakima WA, The Bon Marché in 1952)
** Columbia River Mercantile (Longview WA, The Bon Marché in 1953)
** Draper's (The Bon Marché after World War II)
A.M. Jensen's(Walla Walla WA, The Bon Marché in 1951)
** Missoula Mercantile Co. (Missoula MT, The Bon Marché in 1981)
** Montague-McHugh (Bellingham WA, The Bon Marché in 1950s)
** Runbaugh-Mclain (Everett WA, The Bon Marché in 1952)
** Stone-Fisher Co. (Tacoma WA, The Bon Marché in 1952)
** Russell's (The Bon Marché after World War II)
Bullock's(Macy's in 1996)
Burdines(Macy's in 2005)
Carter Hawley Hale Stores(merged into Macy's West1996.)
** The Broadway (Southern California). Headquartered in Los Angeles.
*** Capwell's (East Bay)
The Emporium(San Francisco and South Bay, North Bay)
** Hale Bros. (San Francisco and Sacramento)
** Weinstock's (Sacramento and Reno)
Davison's(Macy's in 1986)
Famous-Barr(Macy's in 2006)
** William Barr Dry Goods Co.
** Famous Clothing Store
Filene's(Macy's in 2006)
G. Fox Co.
Foley's(Macy's in 2006)
May-Daniels & Fisher
*** Daniels & Fisher
*** May Company Denver
The Denver Dry Goods Company
*** Z.L. White
*** A. Harris
*** Sanger Brothers
Goldsmith's(Macy's in 2005)
Hecht's(Macy's in 2006)
Castner Knott(Hecht's in 1998)
Strawbridge's(Macy's in 2006)
Woodward & Lothrop
I. Magninowned by Federated 1965-1988 and R.H. Macy Co. 1988-1994; most stores closed 1988-1993, remainder of stores converted to Macy's Westand Bullock'sor sold to Saks Fifth Avenue. San Francisco Union Square location eventually incorporated into adjacent Macy's.
The Jones Store(Macy's in 2006)
Jordan Marsh(Macy's in 1996)
Kaufmann's(Macy's in 2006)
May Company Cleveland
***O'Neil's (department store)
***William Hengerer Co.
L. S. Ayres(Macy's in 2006)
**Wolf and Dessauer
* Lazarus (Macy's in 2005)
Liberty House(Macy's in 2001)
Marshall Field's(Macy's in 2006)
Dayton's(Marshall Field's in 2001)
Frederick & Nelson(Defunct in 1992)
The Crescent(Defunct in 1992)
** Halle Brothers
Hudson's(Marshall Field's in 2001)
** J.B. Ivey & Co.
Meier & Frank(Macy's in 2006)
ZCMI(Meier & Frank in 2001)
* O'Connor Moffat & Co. Purchased by R.H. Macy in 1945, renamed Macy's in 1947. Their San Francisco Union Square location is Macy's flagship west coast store and headquarters of
Rich's(Macy's in 2005)
Robinsons-May(Macy's in 2006)
May Company(Robinsons-May in 1993)
J. W. Robinson's(Robinsons-May in 1993)
Stern's(Macy's in 2001)
=Other department stores=
* Duncan's (Gadsden)
* Dunnavant's (Huntsville)
Pizitz(Birmingham) 13-store Alabama chain, sold to McRae's1987, renamed later that year.
Parisian(Birmingham) Sold to Belk2006, renamed September 2007. Five stores sold to Bon-Ton, and still operate under the Parisian name.
* Bashford-Burmister Co. (Prescott)
* Jones & Hughes (Phoenix)
* Korrick's (Phoenix)
* Sanguinetti's (Yuma, Somerton, Gadsden; Canto & Bard, California)
* Steinfeld's (Tucson)
* White House (Phoenix)
* Levy's (Tucson)
Yellow Front Stores
* A. Hamburger & Sons. (Los Angeles), purchased by May Co. 1923
* Broadway (Los Angeles) converted to Macy's
* Buffum's (California)
* Bullock's (Los Angeles) converted to Macy's
* Bullocks-Wilshire (Los Angeles) converted to I. Magnin, then Macy's
H. C. Capwell Co.(Oakland)
City of Paris Dry Goods Co.(San Francisco)
* Goodman's (San Francisco)
* Hale Brothers (San Francisco), merged into The Emporium under Carter, Hawley & Hale
Harris Department Storeabsorbed by Gottschalks
* Hart's Department Store (San Jose)
* Hilson's (Martinez, CA) 3 locations closed 2001
Hinshaw's(Arcadia and Whittier)
* I. Magnin (San Francisco) converted to Macy's
Joseph Magnin Co., closed 1984
* May Company (Los Angeles) Converted to Robinson-May, then Macy's
* Prager's (San Francisco)
* J.W. Robinson (Los Angeles) Converted to Robinson-May, then Macy's
* O'Connor, Moffat & Co., purchased by Macy's 1945, name changed to Macy's 1947
* Rosenberg's (Santa Rosa, CA) located on Third Street now a Barnes and Noble.
* Unimart (Los Angeles, San Diego) Locations variously became Two-Guys, Gemco, FedMart
* Weinstein's (San Francisco)
* The White House (San Francisco)
* Whole World Access (Berkeley, CA)
* Broadway Department Store (Denver)
* Crews - Beggs (Pueblo)
* Everybody's Store (Pueblo)
* The Golden Eagle (Denver)
* Joslins (Denver)
* A.T. Lewis (Denver)
* Neusteters (Denver)
* Pueblo Store Co.
* Wellsworth Department Store (Julesburg)
The Denverhad locations throughout the Front Range & Denver Metro
* Hibbard and Company (Colorado Springs)
* Ames (Rocky Hill, CT)
* Arlan's Department Store (Waterbury, CT)
* D&L (Davidson & Leventhal) (New Britain, CT)
* Caldor's (Norwalk, CT)
* D.W. Rogers Co (Greenwich)
* Fairfield Store (Fairfield, CT) closed 1996
G. Fox Co.(Hartford) merged into Filene's, converted to Macy's 2006
* Grant's (central CT)
* Howland's Department Store (Bridgeport, CT) merged into Steinbach of New Jersey
* Howland Hughe's Company (Waterbury, CT) now operating as the Connecticut Store on Bank Street
* 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.
* Malley's (Edward Malley Co.), formerly the largest downtown department store in
Downtown New Haven, Connecticut. Last operating location was in Chapel Square Mall.
* Marlow's Department Store (Main St., Manchester, CT) closed 2003
* Seapark's Department Store (East Hartford, CT)
* Shartenberg’s Department Store (1915-1962),
Downtown New Haven, Connecticut. Razed in 1964 as part of Mayor Richard C. Lee's redevelopment plans.
* Skydel's (Bridgeport, CT)
* Raphael's Department Store (New Britain) branch store at the Bristol Centre Mall
Read's Department Stores(Bridgeport) merged into Jordan Marsh
* Cohen Brothers (Jacksonville)
* 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 exculsively until closing in the mid-1990's.
Block & Kuhl(Peoria) Acquired by parent company of Carson Pirie Scott, which was later acquired by P.A. Bergner & Company (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 & Co.(Indianapolis) in 1958, closed in the late 1970s.
Goldblatt's(Chicago) Some Goldblatt's stores were acquired by Ames.
K's Merchandise(Home office was in Decatur IL)
* Henry C. Lytton & Co. (Chicago, with branch in Gary, Indiana @ 5th & Broadway)
MainStreetChicago - Acquired by Kohl'sin 1988
* Marshall Field & Company (Chicago) Converted to Macy's September 2006 despite a storm of local protest which continues into 2008 (www.fieldsfanschicago.org)
Montgomery Ward. First mail orderstore. 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 35th & Wood
* Myers Brothers (Springfield) Relocated from downtown to White Oaks Mall in 1977, and acquired by Bergner's of Peoria the following year.
* 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, IL)
Turn Style(Melrose Park) Created by The Jewel Companies, Inc., sold to Venture Stores in 1978.
* Thrun's Department Store-Chicago 35th & Honore converted to women's clothing only approximately 1973. Opening of Ford City Mall was the beginning of the end.
* Charles V. Weise Company, also known simply as "Weise's" - a
Rockford, Illinoisbased department store. Acquired by P.A. Bergner & Company in 1954, but remained an autonomous division until 1982 when all Chas. V. Weise and Bergner-Weise locations were renamed Bergner's.
* Ayr-Way (Indianapolis, state wide) (originally a division of
L. S. Ayres & Co., subsequently acquired by Target)
William H. Block(Indianapolis, central Indiana)
* Danner's (Indianapolis, state wide) several locations also know as
* DeJong's (Evansville)
* Frank's Dry Goods (Fort Wayne)
* Heck's (Fort Wayne)
* K&S Department Store (Kokomo)
* George H. Knollenberg Co. (Richmond}
* Edward C. Minas Co. (Hammond) (also had a branch store in Calumet City, IL at
River Oaks Center.)
* King's (Fort Wayne)
L. S. Ayres & Co.(Indianapolis, 6 stores, and statewide)
* 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
* 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)
* The Giant Store (Anderson)
* Thieme & Schuessler (Lafayette)
* The Wicks Co. (Bloomington)
H. P. Wasson and Company(Indianapolis)
* Weiler's Banner-Fair Incorporated (Anderson, Portland and Hartford City)
* Wolf & Dessauer (Fort Wayne, downtown and Southtown, and Huntington), purchased from City Store Company by
L. S. Ayres & Co.(Indianapolis) in 1969 and rebranded as Ayres.
* Gordon's (Gary @ 7th & Broadway)
* Ziesel's (Elkhart)
* James Black Co. A.K.A. Black's (Waterloo)
* Harris-Emery (Des Moines)
* Oransky's (Des Moines)
* Armstrong's (Cedar Rapids and Dubuque (Kennedy Mall), IA)
* Killian's (Cedar Rapids)
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.
* The Denton Co. (Lexington)
* Kaufman-Straus (Louisville), changed to Kaufman's (1960), purchased from City Store Company by
L. S. Ayres & Co.(Indianapolis) in 1969 and rebranded as Ayres.
* Parson's (Ashland). Furniture department continues to operate as standalone business circa 2008.
* Mitchell, Baker & Smith (Lexington)
* Purcell's (Lexington)
* H. P. Selman & Co. or Selman's (Louisville), purchased by Weiss Brothers (1961), name changed to Gus Mayer (1970)
*S.W. Anderson's (Owensboro)
Stewart Dry Goods(Louisville and Lexinton) division of Associated Dry Goods. Merged into L. S. Ayres & Co.(Indianapolis) along with H & S Pogue Company (Cincinnati) in early 1980s, then Macy's 2006.
* Wolfe-Wile Co. (Lexington)
* Goudchaux's (Baton Rouge). Purchased 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.
Maison Blanche(New Orleans) Last operated under that name by Mercantile Stores Co. Remaining Maison Blanche stores converted to Dillard's in 1998.
* Muller's (Lake Charles). Closed in 1986.
* The White House (Lake Charles). Beaumont, TX based department store. Closed in the early 90s.
* Weiss & Goldring (Alexandria). Main store closed in 2005. Now operates as a 5,000 square foot men's store.
* Abdalla's (Lafayette). Last store closed in 2005.
* Godchaux's (New Orleans). Upscale department store on Canal Street. Closed in 1986.
* Selber Bros. (Shreveport). Purchased by and converted to Dillard's in 1988
*Arlan's Department Store (South Portland)
*Frese's (Downtown Bangor, ME) and Airport Mall (Bangor, ME). Affiliated with Almy, Bigelow & Washburn (Almy's Stores), Salem, MA
*Mammoth Mart (Biddeford, South Portand)
PorteousPorteous, Mitchell & Braun (Congress St Portland, ME) Branch locations in Auburn, Bangor, Brunswick, Presque Isle, and South Portland, ME, Newington, NH and Burlington, VT.
*Rines Bros. (Portland)
W.T. GrantGrants Department Store (Biddeford, Rockland)
Garfinckel's(Washington, DC, & Maryland suburbs)
* Gutman's (Baltimore)
Hecht's(Washington, DC, Baltimore, & Maryland suburbs) - Converted to Macy's 2006
Hochschild Kohn's(Baltimore & Maryland suburbs)
Hutzler's(Baltimore & Maryland suburbs)
* Lazarus (Cumberland)
* Peskins (Cumberland)
* Stewart's (Baltimore & Maryland suburbs)
Woodward & Lothrop(Washington, DC, & Maryland suburbs) - Bankrupt and closed 1995 after briefly acquiring and operating John Wanamaker & Company (Philadelphia)
Two Guys(Dundalk,Baltimore,Maryland) closed in '85
S. Klein Beltway Plaza, Greenbelt, Maryland
* Almy, Bigelow & Washburn (Almy's Stores) (Flagship Store in Salem, MA)
* Arlan's Department Store (New Bedford, MA)
* Bailey's (Holyoke, Mass)
* The Bon Marche, Lowell later merged into Jordan Marsh
* Barnard, Summer & Putnam Co. (Worcester, MA)
* Boston Store (North Adams, MA) Owned by Forbes and Wallace later became England Bros.
* Corcoran's (Cambridge, MA)
* Denholms (Worcester, MA) 2 branchs at one time
* Gilchrist's (Boston, MA)
* Grover Cronin (Waltham, MA)
* Edgar's (Brockton and Fall River, MA) affiliated with Almy's Stores
* England Brothers (Pittsfield, MA) closed 1988
Filene's(Boston) converted to Macy's 2006
* Forbes and Wallace (Springfield, MA)
* Kennedy's (Boston, MA)
* King's Department Stores Inc. (Boston, MA)
* London's (Attleboro)
* Mammoth Mart (Bridgewater, MA)
* Mar's Bargainland (New Bedford, MA)
* Mc Collum's (Northampton, MA) Owned by Forbes and Wallace
* A. G. Pollard's & Sons (Lowell, MA)
* R.A. McWhirr (Fall River, MA)
* Michell & Co. (Haverhill, MA)
* Parke Snow Inc. (Fitchburg, MA)
* H.W. Pray Co. (Newburyport, MA)
* T.W. Roger's Co (Lynn, MA)
* Star Store (New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA) affiliated with Almy's Stores
* Sutherland's (Lawrence, MA) with a branch in Newington, NH
* R.H. Stearns Co. (Boston, MA)
Rich's Department Stores(Greenfield, MA)
* Raymonds Department Stores (Boston, MA)
* Albert Steiger's (Sprinfield, Ma) sold to May Co, 1996
* System Co (Lynn, MA)
* R.H. Whites (Boston,Leominster, Worcester Ma.) Worcester location owned by Almy's stores just before closing
* William A Allen Co. ( Leominster,Ma 1 branch remaining out of 4)
*The Fair (Lansing, Flint)
*Gilmore Brothers (Kalamazoo)
*Herpolsheimer's (Grand Rapids, Muskegon) - sold to Lazarus in 1988
*Himelhoch Brothers & Company (Detroit)
* Houseman's (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Hudson's(Detroit). Converted to Marshall Field & Company, then Macy's 2006
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.
J.W. Knapp's(Lansing) (also included Smith Bridgman's of Flint)
* May's of Michigan (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
* Milliken's (Traverse City, Michigan)
* People's Outfitting Company (Detroit)
Steketee's(Grand Rapids, West Michigan)
Wurzburg's(Grand Rapids, West Michigan)
* Robinson's (Battle Creek)
*Rogers Department Store (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
* H. Choate & Co. (Winona) Estd. 1861
* Dayton Company (Minneapolis) Converted to Marshall Field & Company, then Macy's 2006
* Field Schlick Co. (St. Paul)
* Powers Dry Goods (Minneapolis) division of Associated Dry Goods
* Schuneman & Evans (Saint Paul)
* Van Arsdell's
* Young Quinlan (Minneapolis)
*Kennington's (purchased by McRae's)
McRae's(Belk in 2006)
Famous-Barr, (St. Louis) absorbed by May Department Stores early 1990's, Sold to Macy's chain 2006
* Emery, Bird, Thayer, and Company (Kansas City)
* Grand Pa's
* 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
* Newman's (Joplin) Acquired by parent company of Heer's of Springfield, Mo. 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)
* Kalispell Mercantile (Kalispell) Founded 1887, closed 1980s.
* JM McDonald's (Montana, Wyoming, others)
* The Paris (Great Falls)
* Gold's of Nebraska (Lincoln) Acquired by Brandeis in 1964. Building now Gold's Galleria office/retail complex.
* Miller & Paine (Lincoln and Grand Island) Acquired by
Dillard'sin late 1980s.
* The Lynch Corp (Manchester, NH)
* Speare Dry Goods (NAshua, NH)
* Ward;s Department Store (Hanover, NH)
* Kresge-Newark (Newark, NJ and 2 branches)
* Chase-Newark (Same locations as Kresge-Newark)
* S. P. Dunham's (Trenton & environs)
* M. Epstein (Morristown, NJ) 3 locations.
* Georke's (Elizabeth) absorbed by
Hahne and Company(Newark and statewide). New Jersey's carriage trade store merged into sister division Lord & Taylor, which as of 2008 operates almost all former Hahne's locations.
* Jamesway Corp (Secaucus, NJ)
* Miller Wohl Co (Secaucus, NJ)
Meyer Brothers(Paterson & Wayne)
Muir's Department Store
Quackenbush(Paterson) absorbed by Stern's
* Reynolds Brotehrs (Lakewood, NJ)
* Steinbach (New Jersey locations)
* J.M. Towne & Co.
* Unishops Inc (Jersey City, NJ)
* Valley Fair Corp (Little Ferry, NJ)
* P.J. Young's (a store in New Brunswick, NJ)
* Nevius-Voorhees (HQ in Trenton, NJ? a store in New Brunswick, NJ)
Two Guys(also known as Two Guys from Harrison)
* J.M. Fields
* E.J. Korvette (North Brunswick, NJ)
* Tepper's Department Store (Plainfield, NJ)
Bamberger'sDepartment Store (Newark and other NJ locations)
* Levy's (Elizabeth, NJ and other NJ locations)
* Abrahamson-Bigelow Co (Jamestown, NY)
* Abrahams Bros. (New York City)
* Acme Market (Tazewell, NY)
AM&A'sAdam, Meldrum, & Anderson Company Buffalo, New York(Purchased by "The Bon-Ton" of York, PA in 1994)
* Almart Stores (New York City)
The Addis Company, merged with Dey Brothers( Syracuse, New York)
* Arnold Constable (Fifth Avenue, New York City) High quality traditional retailer. One of Eleanor Roosevelt's favorites.
* Atlantic Department Stores (New York City)
De Pinnaon 5th Avenue was very traditional upscale
Alexander's(New York metropolitan area). Declared bankruptcy in 1992.
B. Altman and Company(New York City).
* L.L. Berger (Buffalo). Catered to upper middle class customers. Its last store, in downtown Buffalo, closed in 1991.
Best & Company(New York). A department store exclusively for children of the well-to-do. Once one of the cluster of grand New York department stores on 5th Avenue, it closed in the 1960s.
Bonwit Teller(New York City, Boston, and Upstate New York). High-end clothier that was primarily a women's clothing store; however, in later years it had a small men's department. All but two stores, located in Buffalo and Boston closed in the early 1990s, soon after being purchased by the Australian company L.J. Hooker Company. Hooker then sold the chain to Syracuse-based Pyramid Companies, which then opened a store in their Carousel Center. Pyramid had originally planned to expand the chain, but never did so. The Syracuse store was the last to close, doing so in 2000.
* Bresee's (
Oneonta, New York) Founded 1899
Chappell's( Syracuse, New York) (merged into "The Bon-Ton" of York, PA in the 1990's)
Dey Brothers, aka. Dey's ( Syracuse, New York)
* B. Forman Co. (Rochester, NY)
* Fowler, Walker & Dick-The Boston Store (Binghamton) now
Gertz's Department Stores(Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, NY): Owned by Allied Stores closed in 1982 and changed to Stern's then Macy's
Gimbel's: (defunct) The rivalry of Macy's and Gimbel's is immortalized in " Miracle on 34th Street"; Benard Gimbel the owner of Gimbel's along with Horace Saks founded Saks Fifth Avenue.
* Grand Way (Albany, Plattsburgh)
Hens and Kelly(Buffalo). Department store chain catering to blue-collar and middle class families.
J. N. Adam & Co.(Buffalo).
J.W. Mays- Downstate New York closed 1989, now leases old store locations
Jenss(Buffalo) Independent high-end department store chain closed their last location on 15 September 2000.
E.J. Korvette(New York City) closed 1980.
* McCurdy & Company (Rochester, NY) Midtown Plaza
Ohrbach's. Liquidated in 1987 and acquired by Howland-Steinbach.
* Robbins (New York City) closed 1999.
TSS Seedmans- Discount department chain mostly focused on Long Island
Sibley's(Sibley, Lindsey, & Curr) (Syracuse) unit of Associated Dry Goods later merged into Berger's (Buffalo) and then select locations converted to Lord & Taylor.
* Wallace's (Schenectady, Poughkeepsie and Kingston, NY) Owned by Forbes & Wallace, Springfield, MA
Edson'sPosh department store located in the Hotel Syracuse
* MacDonald's another posh shop located in the
Hotel Syracuseand had a second location in Palm Beach, FL
* Family Bargain Center (regional; founded 1956 in Utica)
* KBC/Kamino Bargain Center (Fulton; started by retired founder of Family Bargain Center)
* Martin's (Brooklyn)
* Ames (Multiple locations)
* Bradlees (multiple locations)
* Caldor (Multiple locations)
* Barkers (multiple locations)
* J.M. Fields
* Two Guys (Menands and Schenectady)
* Montgomery Wards (Multiple locations)
* Zayre (queensbury)
* Joy Department stores ( Glens falls and Renselear)
* The Fair (Minot)
* Fauchald's (Minot)
* Herbst (Fargo)
* A.W. Lucas (Bismarck)
* Ontario Store (Grand Forks)
* The Store Without a Name (Fargo)
* Bragdon's (Portsmouth)
* Cook's (Ohio)
* Edward Wren Co. (Springfield) merged with & rebranded as
William H. Block Co.(Indianapolis), closed 1987
* Grant's (Ohio and nationwide)
* Halle Brothers (Cleveland) division of Marshall Field & Company, sold 1981, closed 1982-83
* Hart's (Ohio)
* Heck's (Ohio)
Higbee's(Cleveland), converted to Dillard's
Hills Department Store
* Lamson Brothers (Toledo) bankrupt, 1976. Landmark downtown store built in 1928 as Toledo's finest department store. After bankruptcy, newly-opened Franklin Park Mall store purchased by Jacobson's for expansion into Toledo market.
* LaSalle & Koch (Toledo) Bought by R.H. Macy in 1923; operated under the LaSalle's name until 1982, when Macy consolidated LaSalle's with another division, Macy's Missouri-Kanssa, to form Macy's Midwest. Macy sold the Ohio stores to
Elder-Beermanof Dayton, Ohio in 1985.
* Mabley & Carew (Cincinnati) unit of Allied Department Stores. All former locations closed.
* Marting Brothers (Portsmouth). Founded 1872, closed 2003 as Ohio's last locally owned major department store (100,000+ sq ft). Vacant as of 2008.
McAlpin's(Cincinnati) unit of Mercantile Stores Co. Select locations operated as Dillard's.
* Lazarus (Columbus) a founding division of Federated stores, name change briefly to Lazarus-Macy's and then Macy's in 2005.
* The Lion Dry Goods Co. (Toledo). Known locally as The Lion Store. Some locations survive with the
Dillard'sname, following their 1998 purchase of Lion's previous owner, Mercantile Stores Co.
* O'Neil's Department Store (Akron)
H & S Pogue Co.(Cincinnati) division of Associated Dry Goods. Merged into sister division L. S. Ayres & Co.(Indianapolis) in early 1980s, which was converted to Macy's in 2006.
* Mr. Wiggs (Ohio)
* Murphy's Mart (Ohio and other states)
* NBC Stores (Norwalk & Bellevue, Ohio)
* Polsky's (Akron)
Rike's(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 (Ohio).
Shillito's(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)
* Stern and Mann (Canton)
* Tiedtke's (Toledo)
* Union Company (Columbus) Purchased by Cleveland-based Halle Brothers in early 1980s.
* Uncle Bill's
* John A. Brown (Oklahoma City) Absorbed by
* Kerr's (Oklahoma City)
* Frougs (Tulsa)
* 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.
Olds & KingPortland
* Ames (Corporate office in Rocky Hill, Connecticut)
* Armstrong - Collier Inc. (
Oil City, Pennsylvania)
* Big N (1960s)
* Boggs and Buhl (
Pittsburgh) Northside, closed in 1958 from the mid 1800s
* Cox's (McKeesport) -- 1955-1983
* Danks & Co. (Lewistown, State College, Nittany Mall, Bellefonte, Clarion, Indiana)
* E.J. Korvette's (Philadelphia area)
Fisher's Big Wheel
* Fowler, Dick & Walker, The Boston Store (downtown Wilkes-Barre) converted to Boscovs
* Frank & Seder's (Pittsburgh)
* Gee Bee
Gimbels(Philadelphia and Pittsburgh)
* The Globe Store (Scranton)
* Glosser Brothers
* Isaac Longs (Wilkes-Barre)
Kaufmann's(Pittsburgh) converted to Macy's 2006
* J.M. Fields
* Jefferson Ward
* Kress (Nanticoke)
Lit Brothers(Philadelphia) closed in 1977.
* L. L. Stearns & Sons Department Store (Williamsport) Closed late 70s or early 80s - Assets sold 1986.
* Laubach's (Easton) Sold to
Allied Storesin 1947, replaced by Pomeroy'sthen closed.
* Lazarus Bros.(Wilkes-Barre) destroyed by 1972 Flood.
* Leh's (Allentown)
* Penn Traffic
* Orr's (Bethlehem)
Pomeroy's(Harrisburg, Wilke's-Barre, Reading, and Philadelphia area)
* Rosenbaum's (Pittsburgh)
* Ruggle's (Towanda)
* Snellenburg's (Philadelphia area)
* Strawbridge & Clothier (Philadelphia) converted to Macy's 2006.
* Swanson's (Titusville)
Wanamaker's(Philadelphia) sold to Carter Hawley Hale 1970's, then Washington DC-based Woodward & Lothrup. 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 & Clothier. Converted to Macy's 2006.
* Zayre (based out of Framingham, Massachusetts). Locations all over New England to Florida to Ohio.
* Zollinger-Harned Co. (Allentown)
* William Levy's Dry Goods (Newport, RI)
* McCarthy Dry Goods (Woonsocket, RI)
The Outlet Company(Providence, RI)
* Peerless Department Store (Providence, RI)
* The Shepard Co. (Providence, RI).
* Castner-Knott division of Mercantile Stores Company (Nashville)
* Loveman's (Chattanooga)
Miller's Department Store
Proffitt's. Based in Alcoa, Tennessee. Stores were converted to Belkstores in 2006.
* Goldsmith's. Converted to Macy's (Memphis)
* Lowenstein's. Absorbed by Dillard's (Memphis)
* Julius Lewis (Memphis)
* Wolfe Brothers (Memphis)
* Levy's. Converted to Gus Mayer. (Memphis)
* Shainberg's (Memphis)
* Cain-Sloan (Nashville)
* Harvey's (Nashville)
* Barkers (San Antonio)
* Ben F. Smith's (Texarkana) Partially destroyed by top floor night club fire. Now a mixed use development.
* Cobb's (Lubbock)
* Cox's (Waco)
* 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) all closed 2007
* Eibands (Galveston)
* Everbody'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 2006
Frost Brothers(San Antonio)
* Goldstein - Migel (Waco)
* Hemphill-Wells (Lubbock)
Joske's(San Antonio) (absorbed by Dillard's)
* Leonard Brothers (Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst, Irving), acquired by Tandy Corp. 1970's, later Dillard's
* Levenson & Rosenberg (El Paso)
* Levy's (Galveston)
* Meacham's (Fort Worth), competed with Neiman Marcus, acquired by Tandy Corp in 1970's
* Minter's (Abilene)
* Monnig's (Fort Worth)
* Nathan's (Galveston)
* The Popular Dry Goods Company (El Paso) Purchased by Dillard's in 1995.
* Sage Department Store and Grocery (Houston)
* Sakowitz (Houston).
* Sanger-Harris (Dallas) division of Federated Dept Stores, merged into sister division Foley Brothers (Houston) early 1980's, converted to Macy's 2006.
* Schwartz's (Galveston)
* Stripling & Cox (Fort Worth)
* W.C. Stripling & Sons (Fort Worth) merged with Cox's
* Thornton's (Abilene), desolved by Thornton family in 1988 & building/land given to the City of Abilene for the law inforcement center.
* Watson's (Arlington, Grand Praie, and Hurst)
* The White House (El Paso) Closed in 1983.
Titche-Goettinger(Dallas area) purchased by Joske's.
* Wolff & Marx (San Antonio) Purchased by rival Joske's in 1965.
* Buehler-Bingham (Ogden)
* Abernathy-Clarkson-Wright (Burlington, VT)
* Gaynes (Burlington)
* Economy Department Store (Rutland, VT)
* Grand Way (South Burlington)
* Hill's (Winooski)
* F.C. Luce Co. (Waterbury, VT)
Hecht Company, converted to Macy's 2006
S. Kann & Sons
Raleigh's(operated originally as a haberdasher; expanded in later years to family fashions)
Woodward & Lothrop, bankrupt and closed 1995 after briefly acquiring and operating John Wanamaker & Company (Philadelphia)
* Bell's of Burien. Renamed Lamonts in 1969.
* Bremer's (Bremerton) founded by Bremer, also the founder of Bremerton. Used Padington Bear as a theme in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Closed circa 1985.
The Crescent(Spokane, WA) a division of B.A.T.U.S
* Elvins' (Puyallup) 1908-1979
* Farrel & Eddy (Camas) operated 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.
* Lynden Department Store (Lynden) 1897- 1979 (Building was destroyed by fire in 2008)
* MacDougall-Southwick (Seattle) 1874-1964. Opened several stores in
* Peoples (Tacoma) 7-store chain in the Puget Sound region, owned by Mercantile Stores Co. Chain was shuttered in 1983.
* Proffitt's (Centralia, Chehalis, Longview, Olympia) Opened in 1907 by Lee Proffitt, his son Dean built a branch in Chehalis in 1919 and later in Longview and Olympia. 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 to 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)
Yard Birds(Chehalis, Olympia, Shelton)
* Young's (Pasco)
* Anderson-Newcomb (Huntington), acquired by Stone & Thomas
* Coyle & Richardson (Charleston)
* Collins' (Charleston) Opened 1937.
The Diamond (Department Store)(Charleston and Vienna)
Heck's Department StoreShuttered in the early 90's.
* The Huntington Store (Huntington)
L.A. Joe Department Store
* Levin's (Charleston) Estd. 1915
* Lowndes' (Clarksburg)
* Morrison Store Co. (Clarksburg)
Stone & ThomasWest Virginia's biggest department store chain. Bought by Elder Beermanin 1998.
* Watts-Sartor-Lear (Clarksburg)
* Steifel's (Wheeling)
* Doerflinger's (LaCrosse) closed in the 1980s
* Gimbel's (Milwaukee) converted to Marshall Field's then one former Gimbel's location (Madison) to Macy's 2006.
H.C. Prange Co.(Sheboygan) Sold to Younkersin 1992
* Johnson-Hill (Wisconsin Rapids)
Prange Way(DePere) Spun off in 1990 by H.C. Prange Co. Closed 1996.
* Schuster's (Milwaukee) Bought by Gimbels in 1962
National and regional
Ames Department Stores Inc.(Based in Rocky Hill, CT)
* Arlan's Department Store (Mid-Atlantic and Midwest)
Bradlees(Based in Boston, MA) (New England, Mid-Atlantic)
Britt's Department Stores(National)
Caldor(Based in Norwalk, CT) (New England, Mid-Atlantic)
Jack's(Operated by Penn-Danielsand based in Quincy, Illinoiswith locations in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri)
G. E. M. Membership Department Stores(National/Ontario, Canada; also known as G.E.X. and G.E.S.)
S. H. Kress & Co.. Puerto Rico subsidiary Tiendas Kresslives on, having survived parent company.
Montgomery Ward(National) Chicago
* P.N. Hirsch
Zayre(New England, Mid-Atlantic)
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