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David's Bridal currently operates more than 300 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico. It was acquired by May Department Stores in 2000, which was, in turn, bought by Federated Department Stores (the parent company of department store giant Macy's) in 2005. On November 17, 2006, David's Bridal was purchased by Leonard Green Partners, on the same day that Federated also divested itself of After Hours Formalwear.
David's Bridal is currently based in Conshohocken, PA. The original David's Bridal was opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by David Reisberg in the 1950s. In the early 1970s, Phil Youtie purchased the store and kept the established name. Like most bridal stores at the time, the original David's Bridal stocked only sample gowns in a standard size. Youtie had changed the store model in the late 1980s with a warehouse style store off Interstate 95 where they sold designer gowns, discontinued dress and manufacturer over runs at below retail prices. The "David's Bridal Warehouse" did not have dressing rooms and had a concrete floor. This was based after many wholesale warehouses at the time and was successful until other local bridal stores complained to the designers for allowing this. Within a couple of years and many local stores going out of business, the designers stopped supplying gowns to the David's Bridal. David's Bridal has since changed the model to more traditional stores with a selection of their wedding gowns designed in-house, in stock, in most common and some plus sizes. (NYSE: M) is a department store holding company and owner of Macy's and Bloomingdale's department stores. Macy's Inc.'s stores specialize mostly in retail clothing, jewelery, watches, dinnerware, and furniture.
Macy's Inc. is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and operates just over 850 stores in the United States. The company's Macy's locations and related operations account for 90 percent of the company's revenue, while luxury-oriented Bloomingdale's stores and associated ventures represent the balance of the company's business. Macy's is well known for its flagship department stores, most notably in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, the former Dayton's in Minneapolis, the former Kaufmann's in Pittsburgh, the former Burdine's in Miami, the former Wanamaker's in Philadelphia, and the former Marshall Field's location in Chicago and the former Famous Barr in St. Louis.
Old Federated Department Stores corporate logo.
Macy's Inc. was founded as Federated Department Stores in 1929 in Columbus, Ohio. Federated was originally a department store holding company for Abraham Straus, F Lazarus Company (including its Cincinnati division, then known as The John Shillito Company) and William Filene's Sons of Boston. Bloomingdale Brothers joined the organization in 1930. Federated moved its corporate offices to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1945.
Over the next few decades, Federated expanded nationwide, adding Rike Kumler of Dayton, Ohio (merged into Shillito's in the 1980s to become Shillito-Rike's); Burdines of Miami, Florida; Rich's of Atlanta, Georgia; Foley's of Houston, Texas; Sanger Brothers and A. Harris, both of Dallas, Texas (which was merged with Sanger Brothers to form Sanger-Harris); Boston Store of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; MainStreet of Chicago, Illinois; Bullock's, of Los Angeles; I. Magnin, of San Francisco, California; Gold Circle; and Richway Discount Department Stores of Worthington, Ohio. In 1982, Federated acquired the Twin Fair, Inc. discount store chain based in Buffalo, New York and merged it with Gold Circle.
Federated was the successor to the Lazarus operation begun in Columbus, Ohio, in 1851. Lazarus family members served in prominent positions within Federated through the 1980s. In the mid-1930s, a modern merchandising standard was set when Fred Lazarus (son of Simon) arranged garments in groups of a single size with a range of style, color and price in that size, rather than the other way around. Lazarus based this technique upon observations made in Paris. Fred Lazarus Jr. also convinced President Franklin D. Roosevelt that changing the Thanksgiving holiday from the last Thursday of November to the fourth Thursday, extending the Christmas shopping season, would be good for the nation's business. An Act of Congress perpetuated the arrangement in 1941. Various Lazarus family members also held key positions on Federated's board and within its various divisions-namely, Foley's, Filene's, Lazarus and Shillito's. As of January, 2002, Robert Lazarus Jr. was the only family member still with an official role at Federated, serving as assistant to Ron Klein, then chairman and CEO of the Rich's/Lazarus/Goldsmith's operating unit of Federated, now Macy's South