Bealls is a United States chain of shops, owned by Stage Shops Inc. and headquartered in Houston, TX. The shop makes a speciality of retailing fascinating model identify attire, equipment, cosmetics, footwear and housewares.
The chain overlaps with the Florida-primarily based Bealls chain, though the 2 aren’t associated. In markets the place the 2 chains overlap, the Florida chain operates as Burkes Outlet as an alternative.
The primary Beall retailer was opened in Henderson, Texas in 1923 by brothers Archie and Robbie (and later, Willie). The Bealls opened a second retailer in Nacogdoches in 1926 and a 3rd in Mt. Nice in 1927.
By 1930, there have been seven shops within the chain. The Beall brothers gained bids for the enterprise of J.L. Douglas, a Jacksonville service provider. This transfer would set up Jacksonville as a everlasting house workplace for the rising chain (in addition to its eighth retailer). The Beall brothers determined to file for incorporation of the chain throughout this time.
In 1935, the house workplace moved to the Mayfield Constructing in downtown Jacksonville. The Jacksonville retailer location would transfer in 1936 from the outdated Douglas constructing to the nook of Essential and Commerce streets, the place it might stay for almost 50 years. By 1940, Bealls had 15 shops within the chain.
Regardless of World Struggle II, retailer rely by 1950 had grown to 19. Continued development of the chain led to 38 areas by 1957. Bealls shifted their dwelling workplace and warehousing to a brand new location on East Rusk Avenue in Jacksonville, east of downtown. Within the Nineteen Sixties, a sequence-vast modernization of retailer interiors and operations was underway and extra identify-model objects could possibly be present in shops.
In 1972, Bealls had grown to 60 shops in Texas and located its approach past the borders of its dwelling state for the primary time, with a location opened in Oklahoma. Bealls had reached most elements of Texas, apart from the far west and the Panhandle. In the meantime, three of Robbie Beall’s sons had been now in excessive-degree positions with the corporate; Royce and Ray have been now vice-presidents and R.G. was serving as president of Bealls.
The Nineteen Eighties introduced extra modifications on the homefront. Shopping for operations had been moved away from Jacksonville to the Las Colinas space of Irving, Texas in 1983. This transfer ensured shut proximity to many producer’s representatives of the attire trade; most had native places of work and showrooms within the Dallas Market Middle space. By 1984, Bealls moved its lengthy-time downtown Jacksonville retailer operation to a brand new location on South Jackson Road. A brand new warehouse and distribution middle took form on the north aspect of Jacksonville, changing the warehouse that occupied the rear of the headquarters constructing. The brand new operation was opened in 1986.
In 1988, Royce and Ray Beall introduced plans to promote Beall’s as a result of vote of shares by shareholders to promote the corporate, this effort was led partially by different relations of Jacksonville. The thirteen% voted towards the sale. In the course of the mid- to late 1980’s the corporate was hit explicit laborious when the oil revenues within the state of Texas plummeted that resulted in a downturn for the state. This compelled the corporate to give up paying dividends thus in flip stockholders turned aggressive to promote the corporate at discount costs. Operations of Beall’s was mixed with these of Houston-based mostly Palais Royal (additionally purchased out by Bain, and so on. on the similar time) and shaped a brand new firm, Specialty Retailers, Inc. The mixed firm can be primarily based in Houston. There have been 152 Bealls shops within the chain by this time: Texas had 128, Oklahoma had eleven, New Mexico had 10, and there have been three shops in Alabama.
This was a shock to Jacksonville, whose residents and people within the enterprise group thought of Bealls to be an excellent neighbor and company citizen. Jacksonville was spared an entire loss, as the brand new distribution heart would keep open, and the credit score division of the mixed firm can be situated on the earlier Bealls workplace east of downtown. Additionally remaining can be the previous flagship retailer of the corporate, the place it nonetheless stays, on South Jackson.