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Higbee's was a department store based in Cleveland, Ohio. It has been defunct since 1992. The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... Cleveland redirects here. ...


History

Founded on 10 September 1860 as Higbee & Hower Dry Goods by Edwin Converse Higbee and John G. Hower, the first day of business saw $100 in sales. It was eventually reorganized as The Higbee Co. in 1902 after the death of Mr. Hower and relocated from its original Public Square location to a new five-story Playhouse Square Center store--directly across from its sworn arch-rival Halle Brothers Co. In 1929 it was acquired by the Van Sweringen brothers, who moved the store to their new $179 million Terminal Tower complex on Public Square, partly in response to pleas from women who wished to occupy homes in their new suburb of Shaker Heights and ride the Vans' new railroads into the city for quality shopping. The store subsequently went bankrupt in 1935 as the Van Sweringen empire collapsed in the Great Depression, but thanks to store executives Charles P. Bradley and John Murphy, the company was reorganized and flourished under their guidance for many years. The 1960's and 1970's saw the addition of several stores in suburbs as well as expansion to Akron and Canton, all under the watch of president Herbert Strawbridge, who also saw the value of giving new life to The Flats district in Downtown Cleveland. In the United States, a town square is an area in the middle of a traditional town consisting of a park or plaza and surrounded by small shops. ... The Playhouse Square Center, founded in 1921 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, is the second largest theater complex in the United States (second only to New York Citys Lincoln Center). ... Halle Brothers Co. ... The Sweringen brothers, Mantis (left) and Oris (right) Oris Paxton (24 April 1879–November 22, 1936, heart attack) and Mantis James (July 8, 1881–December 12, 1934) Van Sweringen were brothers who became railroad barons in order to develop Shaker Heights, Ohio. ... The Tower City complex, with the Warehouse District and Lake Erie in the background. ... In the United States, a town square is an area in the middle of a traditional town consisting of a park or plaza and surrounded by small shops. ... The Great Depression was a time of economic down turn, which started after the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ... Nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Summit Founded 1825 Incorporated 1835 (village) - 1865 (city) Government  - Mayor Don Plusquellic (D) Area  - City  62. ... Canton is a city in Stark County, Ohio, United States. ... The Flats is a mixed-use industrial, entertainment, and increasingly residential area of Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The area was given its name due to its mostly flat appearance and is defined as being the lower lying areas that line the banks of the Cuyahoga River. ... Panorama of Cleveland in 1909 Downtown Cleveland in 2006 Downtown Cleveland is the central business district of the City of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. ...


In 1984, Industrial Equity Ltd., a subsidiary of Brierly Investments Ltd., New Zealand acquired Higbee's, selling it four years later to a joint venture of Dillard's and Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. who planned to combine Higbee's with an intended acquisition of Horne's. The deal was cancelled abruptly, resulting in several years of litigation. In 1992 Dillard's bought out DeBartolo's shares and rebadged Higbee's and five of the Northern Ohio Horne's stores with its name. During the 1990s, several inner-ring stores were closed while new far-flung locations opened or expanded. Dillards (NYSE: DDS), based in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a major department store chain in the United States, with 330 stores in 29 states. ... Edward John DeBartolo Sr. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Public Square flagship store was known for its tenth-floor Silver Grille restaurant and was prominently featured in the 1983 movie A Christmas Story. It closed in January 2002. For the Christian Christmas story, see Nativity of Jesus A Christmas Story is a 1983 film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, including material from his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickeys Night of...


Former locations in Ohio

  • Akron - Rolling Acres Mall (opened as Montgomery Ward, became Higbee's 1987, Dillard's 1992, closed 2006)
  • Akron - Summit Mall (opened as Halle's, became Higbee's 1982, Dillard's 1992)
  • Beachwood - Beachwood Place (opened 1978, became Dillard's 1992, expanded 1997)
  • Cleveland - Public Square (flagship; established 1860, new building opened 1931, closed 2002)
  • Cleveland Heights - Severance Town Center (opened 1963, became Dillard's Women's store 1992, closed & demolished 1997, now site of Wal-Mart)
  • Elyria - Midway Mall (opened 1970s, became Dillard's 1992, Closing Spring 2007)
  • Euclid - Euclid Square Mall (opened 1977, became Dillard's 1992, downgraded to clearance center 1998)
  • Fairview Park - Westgate Mall (Fairview Park) (opened 1954, became Dillard's Men's & Kids store 1992, Home Store items added 1998, closed & demolished 2005, new open air center in progress)
  • Fairview Park - Westgate Mall Home Store (became Dillard's Home store 1992, closed 1998, demolished)
  • Mentor - Great Lakes Mall (became Dillard's Women 1992)
  • North Canton - Belden Village Mall (now Westfield Belden Village) (opened as Halle's, became Dillard's 1992)
  • North Randall - Randall Park Mall (opened 1976, became Dillard's 1992, closed 2003)
  • Parma - Parmatown Mall (became Dillard's 1992, closed 2000, demolished, now site of Wal-Mart)
  • Youngstown - freestanding downtown location (closed in 1984, demolished in late 1990s, now site of an Ohio government office complex)

Store Conversions to Dillard's Nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Summit Founded 1825 Incorporated 1835 (village) - 1865 (city) Government  - Mayor Don Plusquellic (D) Area  - City  62. ... Rolling Acres is a shopping district in Akron, Ohio. ... Nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Summit Founded 1825 Incorporated 1835 (village) - 1865 (city) Government  - Mayor Don Plusquellic (D) Area  - City  62. ... Summit Mall is a one-story, 770,000 square foot [3] enclosed mall located at 3265 W. Market Street in the Akron suburb of Fairlawn. ... Beachwood is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. ... Beachwood Place is a high-end shopping mall in Beachwood, Ohio, located in the southeastern corner of the intersection of Richmond and Cedar Roads. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... In the United States, a town square is an area in the middle of a traditional town consisting of a park or plaza and surrounded by small shops. ... Cleveland Heights is a city located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. ... Old county building. ... Euclid is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. ... Fairview Park is a city located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. ... Westgate Mall has existed as a preferred Greater Cleveland shopping center in some form since the mid-1950s. ... Fairview Park is a city located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. ... Mentor is a city in Lake County, Ohio, United States. ... North Canton is a city located in Stark County, Ohio. ... Westfield Belden Village, formerly Belden Village Mall, is a shopping mall in North Canton, Ohio. ... North Randall is a village in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. ... Randall Park Mall is the largest regional shopping mall in Greater Cleveland, with 1. ... Parma is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and is the largest suburb of Cleveland. ... Location within the state of Ohio Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio Counties Mahoning Founded 1796 Incorporated 1848 (village) - 1867 (city) Government  - Mayor Jay Williams (I) Area  - City  34. ... Dillards (NYSE: DDS), based in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a major department store chain in the United States, with 330 stores in 29 states. ...


1998: Castner Knott | Hennessy's | J.B. White | Gayfers | The Lion | Joslins | Maison Blanche | McAlpin's | Bacon's
    1992: Higbee's | Joseph Horne     1990: Ivey's     1989: D.H. Holmes     1988: Miller & Paine
    1987: Joske's | Cain Sloan     1986: Hemphill-Wells     1984: Stix, Baer & Fuller | John A. Brown | Diamond's
1974: Leonard's | Gus Blass | Mayer & Schmidt | Pfeifer's | Wooten's    1972: Fedway      1960: Brown Dunkin
 view  talk  edit  Castner Knott was a Nashville, Tennessee-based regional department store chain with locations in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. ... Former Hennessys store in Missoula, MT Hennessys was a USA department store owned by Mercantile Stores which was later bought out by Dillards in 1998. ... J.B. White was a southeastern department store chain that is understood to have begun in Augusta, GA. Owned by now-defunct Mercantile Stores for most of its existance, most locations of the chain were in South Carolina, though locations existed in Augusta and Savannah. ... Gayfers was a regional department store chain in the Southern U.S . ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Maison Blanche was a department store in New Orleans and later also a chain of department stores. ... Dillards (NYSE: DDS), based in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a major department store chain in the United States, with 329 stores in 29 states as of 2005. ... Bacons was a local chain of department stores in Louisville, Kentucky. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Iveys, a former department store chain, was acquired by Dillards, inc. ... D. H. Holmes was a New Orleans department store and later a New Orleans based chain of department stores. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ...


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Higbee immediately sailed to Boston, where she was converted to a radar picket destroyer.
From there Higbee continued to cruise in the Pacific and along the China coast to strengthen American force in Asia and show her determination to protect democracy against the inroads of Communism.
Higbee earned one battle star for her service in World War II and seven battle stars for her service in the Korean War.
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USS Higbee (DD-806), commissioned in 1945, was named in her honor, the first U.S. Navy combat ship to bear the name of a female member of the Naval service.
Higbee received her training and was graduated from the New York Post Graduate Hospital in 1899.
Higbee were the Victory Medal, and the Navy Cross " For distinguished service in the line of her profession, and unusual and conspicuous devotion to duty as Superintenent of the Navy Nurse Corps".
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