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   John Wanamaker

Page entitled : John Wanamaker's New Kind of a Store

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How John brought the department store to Philadelphia by reorganizing his Grand Depot after the Centennial Exposition of 1876.

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Wanamaker is widely credited with the invention of the department store. This is not accurate as A.T. Stewart & Company already operated a store with nineteen departments since 1862 and also Macy’s featured all kind of dry goods organized in different departments, from the beginning of the 1870s. But when the Grand Depot reopened after a time for internal reorganization on March 12th 1877, Philadelphians discovered a store which was different from anything they had experienced before. With  ...


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