This 70-year-old department store chain, headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., was founded by William T. Dillard when he opened up his very first store in 1938. Today, the $7.7 billion retailer operates about 330 locations in 29 states, all with the same nameplate: Dillard’s. Stores offer apparel brands such as DKNY, Carmen Marc Valvo and Tahari, along with home selections from brands such as Monique Lhuillier, Kate Spade china and Lauren by Ralph Lauren bedding.
“Sears Holdings Corp. is on the hunt for big talent and big ideas to stem the slide in its profits and sales,” WWD said this month. It might be some time, however, because of tough economic conditions and the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based retailer’s lagging financial performance. However, one of the brightest spots for Sears Holdings includes the Lands’ End brand, which saw record profits in 2007 and was expanded to 100 Sears stores. Other apparel brands in its portfolio include Gloria Vanderbilt and Sag Harbor. Gadgets from electronics giants Sony, Apple and Canon are featured in stores, while home furnishing brands like Krups and Laura Ashley are also available.
source: UNITY MARKETING’S LUXURY REPORT 2008; *INDICATES A TIE