1800-1899

1830
Shillito’s founded in Cincinnati by John Shillito.
1841
Eben Jordan and Benjamin L. Marsh open Jordan Marsh in Boston.
1851
F&R Lazarus & Company founded in Columbus, OH, by Simon Lazarus.
1858
Rowland H. Macy opens R.H. Macy & Co. as a dry goods store in New York City. First-day sales totaled $11.06.
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1859
Macy’s first-year sales were approximately $85,000 with an advertising budget of $2,800.
1865
Wechsler & Abraham (later Abraham & Straus) founded in Brooklyn, NY, by Abraham Abraham and Joseph Wechsler.
1867
Rich’s founded in Atlanta by Morris Rich.

Stern Brothers (later Stern’s) founded in Manhattan.
1870
Goldsmith’s founded in Memphis.
1872
Bloomingdale Brothers, Inc. founded in New York City by Lyman and Joseph Bloomingdale. First-day sales totaled $3.68.
1877
David May opens the first store of what was to become The May Department Stores Company in Leadville, CO, a silver-mining boom town.
1888
The Straus family acquires a general partnership with Macy’s.
1890
The Bon Marché founded in Seattle.
1893
The Straus family buys out Joseph Wechsler’s interest in Wechsler & Abraham, changing the store’s name to Abraham & Straus. While A&S did not become part of Macy’s, the two stores kept a close association, even sharing overseas offices.
1898
Burdines founded in Miami.