HISTORY OF LATE & GREAT DEPARTMENT STORES
- From A&S to ZCMI, a comprehensive review of America's great department store brands.
- From the late 1800s through three-quarters of the 2oth century, every American city had two, three or more great downtown department stores. These retail palaces often took up a city block, and became destination shopping venues for the entire region.
- After World War II, as Americans fled city for the grassy backyards and ranch homes of a growing suburbia, the department stores followed their customer, anchoring new suburban shopping centers, and eventually mammoth regional malls. The center of every metropolitan area shifted from downtown, out along highways, closer to the consumer.
- Mergers and acquisitions created mighty department store conglomerates that eventually lead to the elimination of the locally owned retail icon.