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National Department Store Day

Head to your favorite department store on National Department Store Day for amazing deals and discounts on your must-have items!
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Mark your calendars for National Department Store Day on October 16! This day celebrates the long history of department stores, which have been around since the mid-1800s and were established to provide customers with a wide variety of products in one place. On this day, shoppers are encouraged to explore their favorite department stores and take advantage of special deals and discounts. Celebrate National Department Store Day by getting out there and exploring all that your local store has to offer – from clothing, home decor, beauty products, toys and more!

History of National Department Store Day

National Department Store Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1846</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Department Stores</div><div class='timeline-text'>Arnold, Constable & Company, one of the first American department stores, opens in New York.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1858</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Macy's Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>Rowland Hussey Macy opens R.H. Macy & Co. in New York City, which would become one of the largest department stores in the world.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1865</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>John Wanamaker’s One-Price System</div><div class='timeline-text'>John Wanamaker introduces the one-price system at his Philadelphia store, significantly influencing retail practices.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1901</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Nordstrom Established </div><div class='timeline-text'>John W. Nordstrom and Carl F. Wallin open the first Nordstrom store in Seattle, Washington.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1930</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Sears Becomes Largest Retailer</div><div class='timeline-text'>Sears, Roebuck and Co. becomes the world's largest retailer, largely due its mail order catalog.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>E-commerce Influence</div><div class='timeline-text'>Online retailers like Amazon influence changes in department stores, prompting a greater focus on digital sales and experiences.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Department Store Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Shop for the perfect outfit</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to find that perfect outfit for any occasion. Whether it's a night out on the town or a more formal event, department stores have what you need.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Check out their sale section</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Department stores often have sales and discounts on certain items, so take the time to check them out and save some money.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a fashion show</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over and put together a fashion show from the clothes you found in the department store. Have everyone vote on their favorite looks.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Shop for home items</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Department stores also carry items for your home, from furniture to decorations and even electronics. Take advantage of all they have to offer.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a scavenger hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up some friends and organize a scavenger hunt in the department store. See who can find all the items on your list first.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Department Store Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Department stores offer a wide variety of products</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Department stores are a one-stop shop for all your needs, from clothing and home goods to furniture and makeup. With so many departments and items to choose from, you're sure to find something that fits your style, tastes and budget!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Department stores provide convenience</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Department stores allow you to shop for everything you need in one place. No more running around town or jumping from website to website - just one convenient location with all the products you could ever need!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Department stores offer great customer service</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When shopping at department stores, customers benefit from knowledgeable associates who are willing to answer any questions they may have about specific products or services. Department store employees often go the extra mile to make sure their customers feel welcomed and respected - something that can't be said for every type of retailer.</p></div></div>

5 Unboxed Facts about National Department Store Day

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When is National Department Store Day?

National Department Store Day is celebrated on October 16th every year. In 2024 National Department Store Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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