Dillard's founder dead at 88
February 25, 2002,
William Dillard, the founder and chairman of department store chain Dillard's, died Feb. 22 in his sleep at his home here. He was 88 years old.
Dillard founded his first store in Nashville, AR, in 1938. The retailer has since grown to include more than 300 traditional department stores and five clearance centers in 29 states with annual sales of $8.7 billion.