With $300 of his grandmother’s money in his pocket, 18-year-old Dick Stack opened a modest bait and tackle shop in Binghamton, NY in 1948. Ten years later, he expanded his product line to include much of what you could expect to find in a Dick’s Sporting Goods store today. 

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In 2007, Payless ShoeSource acquired Collective Brand Performance + Lifestyle Group (formerly the Stride Rite Corp-oration) to develop a leading lifestyle, fashion, and performance brand conglomerate for footwear and related accessories.

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With a tailor-made spirit of entrepreneurialism, Morris and Arthur Sidewater launched Charming Shoppes in 1940. In the ’50s, they partnered with another pair of brothers, David and Ellis Wachs, and continued to open stores throughout the decade. In 1972, the company’s Fashion Bug chain, which was opened under a new name to match its suburban focus, became computerized, and Charming Shoppes became among the first to have computerized registers with their use of the point-of-sale register.

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It’s hard to picture a grocery store chain with 151 stores under its belt launching from a 25-foot by 100-foot location in the downtown square of Tyler, Texas. But that’s exactly how Brookshire Grocery Company got its start in 1928, and with those humble beginnings, WT Brookshire developed a grocery empire that continues to focus on working hard to please customers and treating others as you’d like to be treated.

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In 1904, Brown Shoe partnered with Buster Brown’s creator, cartoonist Richard Outcault, and purchased the name from him. The company made marketing history by sending a series of actors, each dressed as Buster and accompanied by a dog (Tige) to tour the country selling Buster Brown shoes. Today, Brown Shoe is a $2.3 billion footwear company with a portfolio that speaks not only to the company’s understanding of the footwear industry, but also an understanding of how to remain relevant in consumers’ minds.

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In 2009, Bon-Ton Stores began operating fine jewelry departments in 86 of its nameplate stores after signing multi-year agreements with suppliers after having licensed out control of said departments to another corporation. Bud Bergren, president and CEO, said at the time that the move was crucial to continuing to reinforce Bon-Ton’s position as offering distinctive styling, quality, and value in fine jewelry.

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With a name derived from its start in 1955 as five Army-Navy surplus stores in Southern California, Big 5 Sporting Goods is now among the top in the nation for name-brand sporting goods and accessories. Its store format averages 11,000 square feet, and its product mix ranges from athletic shoes to camping, hunting, snowboarding, and in-line skating gear.

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Founded by 22-year-old Robert M. Beall Sr. as a dry goods store in Bradenton, Fla. with products that didn’t extend over $1, Beall’s is now a major employer in Florida as well as a valued asset to all the communities it serves throughout the country, with more than 560 retail stores spread across the Sun Belt, from Florida to California.

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