follow us
Jennifer Marks

The Macy's Genome Project

July 19, 2007

One day a couple of months ago, I got the crazy idea to put together a list of the retail emporiums that were absorbed, acquired, merged by the constituent nameplates which later absorbed, acquired and merged to assemble into today’s Macy’s Inc. 

I started with a previously published Federated Department Stores Inc. time line, then followed that back through much Googling to determine the DNA of the stores ultimately incorporated into The Body that is now the largest department store company in the country.

The companies are listed by their date of founding. I’m quite certain I’ve missed at least one or two, if not more. So I invite the industry’s history buffs to enlighten me.

If nothing else, maybe someone can send the list off to KKR.

1826
Lord & Taylor, New York

1830
Shilito’s, Cincinnati

1841
Jordan Marsh, Boston

1849
Joseph Horne Co., Pittsburgh
D.H. Holmes, New Orleans

1851
F&R Lazarus, Columbus

1852
Marshall Field’s, Chicago

1853
Rike’s Department Store, Dayton

1857
Meier & Frank, Portland, Ore.
Hecht’s, Baltimore

1858
R.H. Macy & Co., New York

1859
Wechsler & Abraham, Brooklyn 
(later Abraham & Straus)

1867
Stern Brothers, Manhattan
Rich’s, Atlanta
Davison-Paxon, Atlanta
(later Davis-Paxon-Stokes)

1868
Strawbridge’s, Philadelphia
Sibley’s, Rochester

1870
Goldsmith’s,  Memphis

1872
Bloomingdale Brothers, Manhattan
L.S. Ayres, Indianapolis

1876
I. Magnin, Los Angeles
Hengerer’s, Buffalo

1877
May Co., Leadville, Colo.
O’Neil’s, Akron

1881
Robinson’s, Los Angeles
Filene’s, Boston

1887
Maas Brothers, Tampa
The Jones Store, Kansas City

1890
Bon Marche, Seattle

1897
Maison Blanche, New Orleans
Hess’s, Allentown

1898
Burdine’s, Miami

1896
William H. Block Co., Indianapolis
Broadway Dept. Stores, Los Angeles

1900
Foley’s , Houston

1901
McCurdy’s, Rochester

1907
Bullock’s, Los Angeles

1911
Famous-Barr, St. Louis

1928
Hahn Dept. Stores, New York

1929
O’Connor Moffat & Co., San Francisco

1962
Rich’s, Atlanta

UPDATE
A former "Targeteer" adds two more in the comments below: JL Hudson Co (founded 1881, Detroit) and Dayton’s (founded 1902, Minneapolis). Both were absorbed into Target Corp.’s Department Store Division, along with Marshall Field’s. The division was sold to May Co., which we all know was then sold to Federated, which is now Macy’s Corp.

And so it goes.