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Encyclopedia > List of famous department stores

This is a list of department stores. Most of these stores have many branches. The location of the flagship store is given. This list does not include large specialist stores, which sometimes resemble department stores.



  • Anthony Hordern's (long defunct)
  • Daimaru (Australian branches now closed)
  • David Jones
  • Farmers (New Zealand owned, since withdrawn from Australia)
  • Mark Foy's (long defunct)
  • Myer
  • Grace Bros. (name no longer used) - since the 1980s, Both Myer and Grace Bros. were owned by the same corporation, Coles Myer Pty. Ltd. Eventually Coles Myer renamed Grace Bros. to Myer to save money on advertising and bags etc.
  • K-mart, operated by Coles Myer
  • Big W
  • Target (just like the American Target, Target stores in Australia are called "Tar-zhay" by the clever), the chain is operated by Coles Myer



  • Andrew's
  • Canadian Tire
  • Creed's- founded 1916, defunct 1991, extremely high-end family-owned retailer
  • Dupuis Freres
  • Eaton's - defunct 1999, acquired by Sears Canada
  • Giant Tiger
  • Hudson's Bay Company - a.k.a "The Bay"
  • Holt Renfrew
  • Kmart - closed Canadian stores in 1998
  • La Maison Simons
  • Marks and Spencer - closed Canadian stores in 1999
  • Morgan's - merged with Hudson's Bay Company
  • Ogilvy's (La Maison Ogilvy)
  • Robinson's - merged with Hudon's Bay Company
  • Sears
  • Simpson's - merged with the Hudson's Bay Company
  • Spencer's - Western Canada, bought by Eaton's
  • Towers - sold out to Zellers in 1990
  • Wal-Mart
  • Woodwards - Western Canada, defunct 1993
  • Woolco - sold out to Wal-Mart in 1994
  • Woolworth - closed Canadian stores in 1992
  • Zellers


  • Det Nyt Illum in Copenhagen
  • Field's (department store)
  • Illum Bolighus
  • Magasin du Nord
  • Salling
  • Bruun's Galleri



Hong Kong


  • Matahari
  • Ramayana
  • Sogo
  • Metro



  • Apita (part of UNY)
  • Daiei
  • Daimaru
  • Hankyu Department Store
  • Hanshin Department Store
  • Iwataya
  • Izutsuya
  • Jusco (part of AEON)
  • Keio Department Store
  • Kintetsu Department Store
  • Maruei
  • Matsuya
  • Matsuzakaya
  • Meitetsu Department Store
  • Mitsukoshi
  • Printemps Ginza
  • Parco
  • Odakyu Department Store
  • Saty (part of Mycal)
  • Seibu Department Store
  • Seiyu
  • Sogo
  • Takashimaya
  • Tobu Department Store
  • Tokyu Department Store
  • UNY


  • Bijenkorf (part of Vendex KBB)
  • Hema (ditto)
  • Vroom & Dreesmann (ditto)


  • Robinsons Department Store [1] (http://www.rds.com.ph/)

Puerto Rico

Saudi Arabia

  • Al Hamada

South Korea

  • Akyung
  • Donga
  • Galleria Department Store
  • Heemang
  • Hyundai
  • LG
  • Lotte
  • Sinsegye


  • El Corte Inglés



  • Jelmoli, Zürich
  • Globus, Zürich

United Kingdom

United States of America

  • Belk America's largest privately-held department store.
  • Big Lots!, national. Caters to lower class. Former names were Pic N' Save in the West and McFrugal's on the East Coast.
  • Bi-Mart, almost exclusively in Washington and Oregon.
  • BJ's Wholesale (eastern US), similar to Sam's Club
  • Dillard's, midwest, southeast, southwest west [2] (http://www.shareholder.com/dillards/history.cfm)
    • D.H. Holmes (New Orleans)
    • Maison Blanche (South-east), stores are now Dillard's
    • Mercantile Stores (Cincinnati)
    • Stix, Baer, Fuller
  • Elder-Beerman, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic
  • Federated Department Stores.
    • Abraham & Straus on level with Macy's and Sterns. FDS closed both A&S and Sterns within the last few years. Both were mainly New York Stores
    • Bloomingdale's High-end department store, owned by Federated Department Stores, caters to wealthy and super-wealthy.
    • Macy's - probably the strongest nationwide middle class department store brand. In recent years this store was acquired by Federated Department Stores, caters mostly to middle and upper middle class, as well as some of the upper class. Rumors though say Bloomingdales will become even more high end and Macy's will become a lower end store on the J.C. Penney level. All the names hyphenated with Macy's below will be merged directly into Macy's by the end of 2005.
      • Bon Marché (Bon-Macy's),
      • Burdines (Burdines-Macy's),
      • Goldsmith's (Goldsmith's-Macy's)
      • Lazarus (Lazarus-Macy's)
      • Liberty House (defunct, merged into Macy's)
      • Rich's (Rich's-Macy's)
      • Davidson's (defunct, merged into Macy's)
      • Bambergers (defunct, merged into Macy's)
      • Stern's (defunct, merged into Macy's)
  • Gottschalk's Fresno middle class retailer; primarily in California [3] (http://www.hoovers.com/free/co/factsheet.xhtml?COID=10670)
  • JC Penney national department store that caters to the lower and middle class.
  • Kohl's originally Midwest, but now national department store that caters to the lower and middle class
  • May Department Stores
    • Famous Barr Midwest
    • Filene's, New England
    • Foley's, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico
    • Hecht's, Mid Atlantic
    • Kaufmann's, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia
    • L.S. Ayres Indiana
    • Meier & Frank Washington, Oregon, Utah
    • Robinsons-May California, Arizona, Nevada
    • Strawbridge's Pennsylvania
    • Lord & Taylor national department store catering to affluent although it focuses on American designers
      • Wanamaker's original flagship store in Philadelphia: chain bought by May Department Stores in 1995
    • Marshall Field and Company, Chicago now owned by Target (Sale to May Department Stores announced June 2004); first store with a bridal registry
      • Dayton's, Minneapolis now Marshall Field & Co
      • Hudson's, Detroit now Marshall Field's
      • Donaldson's (defunct) (Minneapolis) (by way of Carson Pirie Scott, Mervyn's Minneapolis)
  • Meijer, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky
  • Neiman Marcus, Dallas very high end department store catering to wealthy upper classes, owns Bergdorf Goodman as well competes Saks and Bloomingdales.
    • Bergdorf Goodman, currently owned by Neiman Marcus Group. This is one of Saks' competitors on 5th Avenue. The store caters to the opulent clients in New York, Long Island as well as aristocracy domestic and aboard.
  • Nordstrom national department stores competes for upper class with Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdales, but some consumers consider "Bloomies" to be even higher than Nordstrom or Lord & Taylor
  • Saks
    • Bergner's (Illinois)
    • Boston Store (Wisconsin)
    • Carson Pirie Scott (Illinois)
    • 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 the store Saks Fifth Avenue.
    • Herberger's (Upper Great Plains)
    • I. Magnin (defunct)
    • McRae's (Southeast)
    • Parisian (Southeast)
    • Proffitt's (Southeast)
    • Saks Fifth Avenue (National) upscale, caters to wealthy
    • Younkers (Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin)
  • Sears, Roebuck and Company, later Sears, originally of Chicago, its first mail order catalogs caused prices to drop all over the country, leading to their being called "the great price maker." Known better for electronics and appliances, clothing is lower end.
  • Spiegel, mostly a catalog company
  • ShopKo, regional, West/Midwest
  • Target, national, renowned as the "hip" mass-market discounter, called "Tar-zhay" by the clever
  • TJ Maxx and the TJX Companies, national off-price chain which also operates Marshalls and A.J. Wright
  • Wal-Mart, national discount store catering primarily to lower and middle classes. Now also operates Supercenters which are combined discount stores and supermarkets.

Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota

  • WiseBuys, founded 2003 in Governeur, New York; acquired an Ames in Canton, New York as its first location.

Defunct U.S. chains not acquired by extant chains or liquidated

  • Ames
  • B. Altman and Company (New York City)
  • The Broadway (Southern California) Headquartered in Los Angeles. Part of defunct Carter Hawley Hale Stores. Retailer for many decades finally closed for good in 1991.
  • Bradlees
  • Caldor
  • Fedco (Southern California) Membership-based department store - including grocery, and in some locations, furniture - that served middle class. Went bankrupt. Circa 1950-1994.
  • Fedmart (Southern California) First mass-market discount retail/grocery chain Sol Price founded. Was headquartered in San Diego in the 92111 ZIP Code. Price voluntarily closed the chain. Price later founded Price Club based upon what he learned from his Fedmart days. Price Club has since been merged into Costco. Circa 1965-75.
  • Gemco (California) Membership department store with grocery. Operated as subsidiary of Lucky Stores until liquidated in early 1987 due to hostile takeover attempts. Lucky was later acquired into what is now called Albertson's. Circa 1968-1987.
  • Hills
  • Hochschild Kohn's (Baltimore)
  • Hutzler's (Baltimore)
  • Krauss (New Orleans)
  • S. H. Kress & Co.
  • McCrory, national,
  • Montgomery Ward, first mail order store
  • Stewart's (Baltimore)
  • Woodward and Lothrop (Washington, DC); stores were acquired by The Hecht Company (Hecht's) and rebranded.
  • Woolworth, national, classic dime store
  • W. T. Grant national. Stores called Grant's or (the larger stores) Grant City.
  • Zayre
  • Zody's, national, catered to lower class

See also

  Results from FactBites:
List of department stores - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1610 words)
In recent years this store was acquired by Federated Department Stores, caters mostly to middle and upper middle class, as well as some of the upper class.
May Department Stores With the merger in 2005 with Federated Department Stores (see above), it was announced in July 2005 that about 330 stores carrying certain regional names (as noted) were slated for conversion to the Macy's brand by the Fall of 2006.
Stores were merged by Federated Department Stores into Foley's in 1987, which was in turn sold to May in 1988.
List of famous department stores - encyclopedia article about List of famous department stores. (3021 words)
This is a list of department stores department store organizes its goods by departments, such as women's clothes, home furnishings, electronics, and the like.
Myer Myer is an Australian chain of department stores founded in 1900 by Sidney Myer, in the regional Victorian town of Bendigo.
Bretton's Bretton's was a high-end department store in Canada from 1985 to 1996.
  More results at FactBites »



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