Jordan Marsh

Infobox Defunct Company
company_name = Jordan Marsh
fate = Bankruptcy
foundation = 1841
defunct = 1996
location = Boston, Massachusetts, Miami, Florida
industry = Retail
key_people = Julius Garfinckel, founder
products = Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, housewares
num_employees =
parent =
subsid =

Jordan Marsh was the name of a Boston, Massachusetts-based department store chain. Founded in 1841 and eventually part of Allied Stores and then Federated Department Stores (now Macy's, Inc.); in 1996, the last of the Jordan Marsh stores were renamed Macy's. Allied operated a separate group of stores in Florida called Jordan Marsh Florida. The Florida stores were disbanded in 1991, with several being merged with Maas Brothers, which later became Burdines, now Macy's.


In 1841, Eben Jordan and Benjamin L. Marsh opened Jordan Marsh in Boston. In 1935, Boston's Jordan Marsh became one of the founders of New York City-based Allied Stores Corporation, a successor to Hahn Department Stores, Inc., a holding company founded in 1928. In 1951, the landmark branch store at Shopper's World was opened. In 1956, the first store in Miami, Florida, was opened, later forming a separate division of Allied.

In 1986, The Canadian Campeau Corporation acquired Allied Stores Corporation, which is reorganized under the merger agreement. In February 1987, Campeau merged D.M. Read Co. of Bridgeport, Connecticut, into Jordan Marsh, and merged Jordan Marsh Florida with Maas Brothers of Tampa, Florida, as the new Maas Brothers/Jordan Marsh Florida division.

In 1988, Campeau Corporation acquired Federated Department Stores. To consolidate with Federated, Allied's New York headquarters moved to Cincinnati. Allied Stores: The Bon Marché, Jordan Marsh, Maas Brothers/Jordan Marsh Florida and Stern's, operating in tandem with Federated: Bloomingdale's, Abraham & Straus, Lazurus, Rich's, Goldsmith's, and Burdines.

In 1990, saddled by debt resulting from the highly leveraged Campeau takeover of Federated, both Federated and Allied filed for bankruptcy reorganization. Campeau Corp. U.S., Inc., was renamed Federated Stores, Inc. The operations of Jordan Marsh Florida and Maas Brothers were absorbed by Burdines in 1991.

In 1992, a new public company, Federated Department Stores, Inc., emerged in February. The former Allied Stores Corporation was merged into Federated. A consolidation of the A&S and Jordan Marsh divisions resulted in the A&S/Jordan Marsh division, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. In 1994, the A&S/Jordan Marsh division merged with Macy's East and the A&S stores are renamed Macy's in 1995. In 1996, Jordan Marsh stores in the Northeast U.S., already part of the Macy's East division, were converted to the Macy's nameplate.

Other Facts

Until 1972 -- and again in the early 1990s -- the Jordan Marsh flagship store in Boston's Downtown Crossing was home to the Enchanted Village, a lavish Christmas display which at its height took over an entire floor of the department store and was also spotlighted in its display windows. The Enchanted Village became a legendary Boston landmark and an annual mainstay of the city's holiday season. More recently it has been housed in the Hynes Convention Center.

Boston's Jordan Hall, at the New England Conservatory of Music, was endowed by Eben D. Jordan II, an heir of the Jordan fortune and a Conservatory trustee.

Jordan Marsh is also mentioned in the book "Carrie" by Stephen King, in the story, character Estelle Horan mother goes to Jordan Marsh and buys her a white bathing suit, also Chris Hargensen's character has a brand new white Jordan Marsh $27.50 sweater which Billy Nolan covers in grease during a make out scene, thus in the story the sweater is "beyond anything but the garbage can"

In Martin Scorcese's film "The Departed", William Costigan Jr. reveals that his Uncle Jackie was a carpet-layer for Jordan Marsh.

List of former Jordan Marsh Stores


*Bridgeport, Downtown (original D.M. Read), Bridgeport (originally Read's, renamed Jordan Marsh 1987, closed 1987)
*Lafayette Plaza, Bridgeport (opened 1987 in former Gimbels location, closed 1991)
*Danbury, Federal Street (freestanding), Danbury (originally Read's, renamed Jordan Marsh 1987, closed July 1990 as part of bankruptcy) convert|170000|sqft|m2
*Derby (freestanding), Derby (originally Zayre, renamed Jordan Marsh 1987; closed in 1991 as part of bankruptcy, became Kmart, currently vacant, to be torn down for Lowe's)
*Southbury, Main Street (freestanding), Southbury (originally Read's, renamed Jordan Marsh 1987, closed 1991 as part of bankruptcy) convert|121000|sqft|m2
*Trumbull Shopping Center (now Westfield Trumbull) Trumbull (originally Read's, renamed Jordan Marsh 1987, renamed Abraham & Straus 1992, renamed Macy's 1995, closed 2006 in favor of the Filene's location)
*Crystal Mall, Waterford (opened 1984, renamed Macy's 1996) convert|120000|sqft|m2


*Altamonte Mall, Altamonte Springs (closed 1991, sold to JCPenney)
*Town Center at Boca Raton, Boca Raton (closed 1991, sold to Mervyn's, now location of Saks Fifth Avenue)
*Boynton Beach Mall, Boynton Beach (opened 1985, closed 1991, sold to Sears)
*Coral Square Mall, Coral Springs (opened 1984, became Burdines Men's/Home 1991, renamed Macy's 2005)
*The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale (closed 1991, reopened by Dillard's 1998)
*Hollywood Fashion Center, Hollywood (closed 1991, building turned into Millennium SuperMall Flea Market, but floor space of store was not utlized)
*Lauderhill Mall, Lauderhill (closed 1991, turned into Broward County Library branch)
*Brevard Mall, Melbourne (called 'Jordan Marsh Sports Colony,' with ladies sportswear, cosmetics, and shoes; listed as store #4, opened soon after Colonial Plaza location; closed upon opening of Melbourne Square store)
*Melbourne Square, Melbourne (opened 1983, closed 1991, sold to Mervyn's, now Dillard's)
*Cutler Ridge Mall, Miami (closed 1991)
*Dadeland Mall, Miami (opened 1965, closed 1991, reopened as Burdines Home Store 1992, renamed Macy's 2005)
*Omni International Mall, Miami (opened 1956, mall built later, became Burdines 1991, closed 1992)
*Miami International Mall, Miami (opened 1982, became Burdines Men's/Home Store 1991, renamed Macy's 2005)
*The Mall at 163rd Street, {North Miami Beach) (opened 1970, closed 1991, sold to Mervyn's, now demolished, and site of WalMart SuperCenter)
*Colonial Plaza, Orlando (opened 1962, closed 1991, mall demolished)
*Broward Mall, Plantation (closed 1991, sold to Mervyn's, now Dillard's)
*Pembroke Lakes Mall, Pembroke Pines (closed 1991, sold to Mervyn's, now Dillard's Men's & Home)
*Pompano Fashion Square, Pompano Beach (closed 1991, sold to Mervyn's, then Dillard's, demolished, now site of Lowe's)
*Palm Beach Mall, West Palm Beach (closed 1991, sold to Mervyn's, demolished, now site of Dillard's)


*Oglethorpe Mall, Savannah (opened 1982 as Levy's of Savannah, renamed Maas Brothers 1986, became Jordan Marsh 1988, closed 1991 for mall expansion)


*The Maine Mall, South Portland (opened 1968, a few years before the mall, renamed Macy's 1996) convert|188000|sqft|m2


*Downtown Crossing/Lafayette Place Mall (flagship), Boston (current location built 1950, renamed Macy's 1996) convert|800000|sqft|m2
*South Shore Plaza, Braintree (opened 1969, renamed Macy's 1996, closed 2006 in favor of the Filene's location, site to be occupied by Nordstrom in 2010) convert|303000|sqft|m2
*Westgate Mall, Brockton (opened 1977, renamed Macy's 1996, closed 2006 in favor of the Filene's location) convert|73000|sqft|m2
*Burlington Mall (with Car Care), Burlington (opened 1968, renamed Macy's 1996) 267,000 sq ft.
*Shoppers World, Framingham (opened 1951, shaped like a dome, closed 1994 with opening of Natick Mall store)
*Hanover Mall, Hanover (opened 1987, renamed Macy's 1996, closed in 1996 and renovated for new JCPenney) convert|62000|sqft|m2
*Cape Cod Mall, Hyannis (opened 1978, renamed Macy's 1996) convert|130000|sqft|m2
*Merrimack Street (freestanding), Lowell (Opened as The Bon Marche in 1874, renamed Jordan Marsh in 1975, closed 1990)
*Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough (Store planned but never opened; site became Linens 'n Things)
*Methuen Mall, Methuen (opened 1974, closed 1994 with opening of The Mall at Rockingham Park store)
*Natick Mall, Natick (opened 1994, renamed Macy's 1996, closed 2006 in favor of the Filene's location, reopened as JCPenney 2007) convert|211000|sqft|m2
*Northshore Mall, Peabody (opened 1958, renamed Macy's 1996, closed 2006 in favor of the Filene's location, site to be occupied by Nordstrom in 2010) convert|301000|sqft|m2
*Assembly Square Mall, Somerville, (opened 1980, renamed Macy's 1996, closed 1997, now Christmas Tree Shops/Staples) convert|79000|sqft|m2
*Malden Square
*Swansea Mall, Swansea (opened spring 1988, renamed Macy's 1996) convert|99814|sqft|m2
*Worcester Center Galleria (closed), Worcester (opened 1972, closed 1991 as part of bankruptcy, later became The Sports Authority and Bed Bath & Beyond, now vacant) convert|309000|sqft|m2

New Hampshire

*Bedford Mall, Bedford, New Hampshire (opened 1966, renamed Macy's 1996) convert|166000|sqft|m2
*Pheasant Lane Mall, Nashua, (opened 1986, renamed Macy's 1996, closed 2006 in favor of the Filene's location) convert|128000|sqft|m2
*Fox Run Mall, Newington, (opened 1983, renamed Macy's 1996) convert|77336|sqft|m2
*Mall at Rockingham Park, Salem (opened 1994, renamed Macy's 1996, closed 2006 in favor of Filene's location) convert|159000|sqft|m2

New York

*Crossgates Mall, Albany (opened July 1985, renamed Macy's 1996, closed May 2006 in favor of the Filene's location) convert|170000|sqft|m2
*Poughkeepsie Galleria, Poughkeepsie (opened 1987, closed/location bought by Sears in 1991) convert|128000|sqft|m2
*Jefferson Valley Mall, Yorktown Heights (originally Read's, renamed Jordan Marsh 1987, renamed A&S 1992, renamed Macy's 1996)

North Carolina

*Four Seasons Town Centre, Greensboro (Replaced with Ivey's in 1980)
*Downtown Greensboro (Formerly Meyer's Department Store. Closed in 1978)

Rhode Island

*Warwick Mall, Warwick (opened 1970, renamed Macy's 1996, closed 2006 in favor of the Filene's location) convert|309000|sqft|m2

South Carolina

*The Mall at Shelter Cove, Hilton Head Island (opened 1988 as Jordan Marsh, sold to JCPenney 1991 which operated until 1996, then Saks Fifth Avenue from 1997, closed 01/2005 now Off Fifth, Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet)


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