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Belk, Inc., is a department store chain which is one the largest department stores in America. The company was founded by William H. Belk and has a history over 100 years. In 1888, it started as a small bargain store in Monroe, NC. This first store was opened with a $750 investment and $500 loan. Later, William Belk’s brother Dr. John Belk also joined the business and they started offering quality products at everyday low prices. In the 1920s, the Belk brothers managed to expand their business by hiring new people and opening new stores. By the 1940s, the number of stores reached 195 and became one of the largest distributors in the South.
During the 1950s, the second generation of the Belk’s family took charge of the company. They brought innovative changes which transformed their stores from bargain stores to modern fashion stores as we know them today. These stores became prominent in many shopping centers and malls across the South. Throughout the years, many new stores were opened in different locations.
In 1997, the new generation of Belk brothers became the leaders of the company and adopted a new structure which merged 112 stores into one company in an attempt to centralize logistics, merchandising, etc. The following year in 1988, the company celebrated its 100 years and a new Corporate Office was opened.
In the 2000s, Belk expanded many of its features by investing millions of dollars in store renovations and technology to enhance the customer experience. Today, there are over 300 locations in 16 states. The online Belk store offers _apparel, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, home décor, and wedding registry_. This is a store where you can shop for a Saturday night outfit and the perfect Sunday dress. On the online store, you can find a wide selection of national brands and private-label fashion. By shopping at Belk stores, you can just discover your own unique style and express yourself in the most affordable possible way.