Thursday, December 25, 2008

Isidor and Nathan Straus

Today we celebrate Isidor and Nathan Straus, the early architects of Macy’s success. Macy’s was founded by Rowland Hussey Macy. Macy opened the original Macy’s store at 6th Avenue and 14th Street in New York City. But Macy died before Macy’s became a regional success. From Macy’s relatively humble beginnings, the Straus brothers built up a highly successful regional chain of department stores. In 1902, The Straus brothers open a Macy’s store in Herald Square in New York City which has since been billed the world’s largest store (though this is now a disputed claim).

Macy’s stayed as a regional chain for several decades until 1983, when a wave of acquisitions took the chain national. Today Macy’s operates over 800 stores across the U.S.

Macy’s become forever associated with Christmas through the movie Miracle at 34th Street and their sponsorship of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924 has allowed this regional chain to be a recognizable name long before they began to expand.

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