Montgomery Ward

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Montgomery Ward Inc. is the name of two historically distinct American retail enterprises.wikipedia
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Aaron Montgomery Ward

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Montgomery Ward was founded by Aaron Montgomery Ward and Andrew Ward in 1872.
In 1872 he founded Montgomery Ward & Company, which became nationally known.

Robert J. Thorne

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The company president, William C. Thorne (the co-founder's eldest son) died in 1917 and was succeeded by Robert J. Thorne, who retired in 1920 due to ill health.
Robert Julius Thorne (February 23, 1875 – March 20, 1955) was an American businessman who was president of Montgomery Ward from 1917 to 1920.

Mail order

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It can refer either to the original Montgomery Ward, a defunct mail order and department store retailer which operated between 1872 and 2001, or to the current, eponymous catalog and online retailer also known as Wards. Aaron had conceived of the idea of a dry goods mail-order business in Chicago, Illinois, after several years of working as a traveling salesman among rural customers.
In 1872, Aaron Montgomery Ward of Chicago produced a mail-order catalogue for his Montgomery Ward mail order business.

Plymouth, Indiana

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In 1926, the company broke with its mail-order-only tradition when it opened its first retail outlet store in Plymouth, Indiana.
Plymouth was the site of the first retail outlet of defunct U.S. retailer Montgomery Ward in 1926.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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In 1939, as part of a Christmas promotional campaign, staff copywriter Robert L. May created the character Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and an eponymous illustrated poem.
Rudolph first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward, the department store.

Sewell Avery

In 1931, Morgan hired Sewell Avery as president who cut staff levels and stores, changed lines, hired store rather than catalog managers, and refurbished stores.
At the beginning of the Depression, he was asked by J.P. Morgan & Co. to turn around the failing Montgomery Ward and succeeded in restoring its profitability by making huge changes.

Robert L. May

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In 1939, as part of a Christmas promotional campaign, staff copywriter Robert L. May created the character Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and an eponymous illustrated poem.
Sometime in the 1930s, May moved to Chicago and took a job as a low-paid in-house advertising copywriter for Montgomery Ward.

Robert Elton Brooker

In 1961, company president John Barr hired Robert Elton Brooker to lead Montgomery Ward as president in its turnaround.
Robert Elton Brooker (July 18, 1905 - May 17, 2001) was an American business executive at Sears, Roebuck & Co., Whirlpool Corporation, and Montgomery Ward, and recipient of the 1972 Henry Laurence Gantt Medal.

Container Corporation of America

In 1968, Brooker helped engineer a friendly merger with Container Corporation of America; the new company was named MARCOR.
In 1968 CCA merged with Montgomery Ward & Company, Inc., becoming MARCOR.

Louis Wolfson

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In 1955, investor Louis Wolfson waged a high-profile proxy fight to obtain control of the board of Montgomery Ward.
Wolfson became nationally known when, in 1955, he unsuccessfully attempted a hostile takeover of Montgomery Ward and Co.

Montgomery Ward Warehouse and Retail Store

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The Baltimore Montgomery Ward Warehouse and Retail Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
It was built about 1925 as a mail order and retail warehouse for Montgomery Ward adjacent to the railroad switch track and was one of nine large warehouses built by them in the United States.

Montgomery Park (Portland, Oregon)

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Montgomery Park is an office building and former Montgomery Ward mail-order catalog warehouse and department store located in Portland, Oregon, United States, built in 1920.

Montgomery Plaza

In 1928, Montgomery Ward located its regional retail and mail order warehouse to West 7th Street, just across the Trinity River from Downtown Fort Worth.

Sears

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In 1900, Wards had total sales of $8.7 million, compared to $10 million for Sears, and both companies struggled for dominance during much of the 20th century. While its competitors Sears, JCPenney, Macy's, Gimbels, and Dillard's established new anchor outlets in the growing number of suburban shopping malls, Avery and succeeding top executives had been reluctant to pursue such expansion.

Dillard's

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While its competitors Sears, JCPenney, Macy's, Gimbels, and Dillard's established new anchor outlets in the growing number of suburban shopping malls, Avery and succeeding top executives had been reluctant to pursue such expansion.
After the acquisition of Mercantile, Dillard's ceased expanding through acquisitions, although eight locations of the defunct Montgomery Ward in the Midwest, and four locations from ZCMI in Utah and Idaho were acquired in 2001, when stores opened at Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Arizona, The Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia, Georgia, The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington, Florida, International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa, Florida, and The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, Texas.

Montgomery Ward Company Complex

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The building, known as the Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalog House, served as the company headquarters until 1974, when the offices moved across the street to a new tower designed by Minoru Yamasaki.
The Montgomery Ward Company Complex is the former national headquarters of Montgomery Ward, the United States' oldest mail order firm.

Discount store

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In 1973, its 102nd year in business, it purchased a small discount store chain, the Miami-based Jefferson Stores, renaming these locations Jefferson Ward.
As examples, Woolworth opened a Woolco chain (also in 1962); Montgomery Ward opened Jefferson Ward; Chicago-based Jewel launched Turn Style; and Central Indiana-based L. S. Ayres created Ayr-Way.

Direct marketing

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In 2004, catalog marketer Direct Marketing Services Inc. (DMSI), an Iowa-based direct marketing company, purchased much of the intellectual property assets of the former Wards, including the "Montgomery Ward" and "Wards" trademarks, for an undisclosed amount of money.
In 1872, Ward produced the first mail-order catalog for his Montgomery Ward mail order business.

Airline (brand)

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Airline was a store brand of consumer electronics and musical instruments originally marketed and sold by American retailer Montgomery Ward via their catalog and retail stores.

Riverside (brand)

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Riverside was a store brand used by North American retailer Montgomery Ward to market a range of captive import motorcycles, mopeds and scooters.

Lechmere

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In 1994, Wards acquired the now-defunct New England retail chain Lechmere.
Berkshire Partners sold Lechmere to Montgomery Ward Holdings in 1994, in a more than $200 million deal.

2000 Fort Worth tornado

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The tornado then passed over a Montgomery Ward distribution center, causing roof damage to the complex and overturning numerous parked trucks; one person was killed while trying to reach shelter after a truck fell on them.

Menands, New York

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In addition to Two Guys there was a Woolworth, Montgomery Wards, several grocery stores, and various other shops along Broadway.

Chicago

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Aaron had conceived of the idea of a dry goods mail-order business in Chicago, Illinois, after several years of working as a traveling salesman among rural customers.
Chicago has been a hub of the Retail sector since its early development, with Montgomery Ward, Sears, and Marshall Field's.

Colony Brands

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On August 5, 2008, the catalog retailer Swiss Colony purchased DMSI.