Famous-Barr

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The Famous-Barr Co.
IndustryRetail
FateConverted to Macy's
Successor(s)Macy's
Founded1911
Defunct2006
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
ProductsClothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, and housewares.
ParentThe May Department Stores Company (1911-August 30, 2005) Federated Department Stores, Inc. (August 30, 2005-September 9, 2006)
Websitewww.macys.com
 
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The Famous-Barr Co.
IndustryRetail
FateConverted to Macy's
Successor(s)Macy's
Founded1911
Defunct2006
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
ProductsClothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, and housewares.
ParentThe May Department Stores Company (1911-August 30, 2005) Federated Department Stores, Inc. (August 30, 2005-September 9, 2006)
Websitewww.macys.com

The Famous-Barr Co. (originally Famous & Barr Co.) was a division of Macy's, Inc. (formerly Federated Department Stores). Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri; it was the flagship store of the The May Department Stores Company, which was acquired by Federated on August 30, 2005. On February 1, 2006, it was subsumed into the newly created Macy's Midwest division.

Famous-Barr was created in 1911 through the merger of The William Barr Dry Goods Co. and previously May-owned The Famous Clothing Store.[1] Famous-Barr was the first air conditioned department store in the United States. In 1991 it took operational control of the L.S. Ayres division in Indiana, and in 1998 took on The Jones Store in Kansas City when May acquired that chain in the aftermath of the Dillard's acquisition of Mercantile Stores Co. Both chains retained their names, but shut down their headquarters.

The Famous-Barr name was retired on September 9, 2006 when Federated converted most of May's regional department stores to the Macy's nameplate.

The original 1924 Famous-Barr store is still in operation in downtown St. Louis and is located in the historic Railway Exchange Building. It also doubled as May's headquarters before the merger with Federated. The store now operates as Macy's Central's secondary headquarters. On July 10, 2009 Macy's Inc. announce that they would downsize the downtown flagship store from 7 stories to 3. The store still remains one of the largest Macy Department stores nationwide.

A Famous-Barr store entrance

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