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The TJX Companies, Inc. operates as an off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the United States and internationally. It sells off-price family apparel and home fashions through T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and A.J. Wright chains in the United States, Winners chain in Canada, and T.K. Maxx chain in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company sells off-price home fashions through HomeGoods chain in the United States and Canadian HomeSense chain, operated by Winners. Its customers include middle to upper-middle income shopper and moderate income customer. As of September 13, 2005, the company operated approximately 2,295 stores. TJX Companies is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Saks Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates traditional and luxury departmental stores in the United States. The company has two segments, Saks Department Store Group (SDSG) and Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises (SFAE). SDSG segment offers fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, and decorative home furnishings. SFAE segment offers luxury fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, and gifts. As of December 1, 2005, the company operated 182 SDSG department stores under the names Parisian, Proffitt's, McRae's, Younkers, Herberger's, Carson Pirie Scott, Bergner's, and Boston Store, as well as 58 Club Libby Lu specialty stores. It also operated SFAE 55 Saks Fifth Avenue stores and 50 Saks Off 5th stores, as of the above date. Saks was incorporated in 1919 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.
J.C. PENNEY COMPANY INC HOLDING COMPANY (JCP)
J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc. (JCP), sells family apparel, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and home furnishings to customers through department stores, catalog, and the Internet. In addition, the department stores provide services, such as salon, optical, portrait photography, and custom decorating. As of July 30, 2005, JCP operated 1,015 JCPenney department stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. J. C. Penney Company was founded in 1902 by James Cash Penney. The company is based in Plano, Texas.
Kohl's Corporation operates specialty department stores in the United States. These stores sell apparel, footwear, accessories, and home products to middle-income customers. As of October 29, 2005, the company operated 731 stores in 41 states. Kohl's Corporation was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
SEARS HOLDINGS CORPORATION (SHLD)
Sears Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer in the United States. It offers home appliances, tools, lawn and garden products, home electronics, and automotive repair and maintenance products. The company offers its products in various brands, including Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith, Martha Stewart Everyday, and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington. As of December 6, 2005, the company operated 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings was founded in 1899 is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Dillard's, Inc. operates retail department stores in the southeastern, southwestern, and midwestern areas of the United States. The company offers cosmetics, women's and juniors' clothing, children's clothing, men's clothing and accessories, shoes, accessories and lingerie, and home furnishings. As of December 1, 2005, it operated 329 stores in 29 states. The company was founded in 1938 by William Dillard and is based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
BON-TON STORES INC (BONT)
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates department stores and furniture stores in the United States. Its stores offer a range of merchandise, including apparel that include women's clothing , men's clothing , and children's clothing; home furnishings; cosmetics; accessories; shoes; and other products. As of November 17, 2005, the company operated 139 department stores and 2 furniture stores in 16 states, under the names Bon-Ton and Elder-Beerman. Bon-Ton Stores was founded in 1898 and is based in York, Pennsylvania.
Gottschalks, Inc. operates a chain of department and specialty store in the United States. Its stores offers a range of brand-name and private-label merchandise, including men's, women's, juniors, and children's apparel; cosmetics, shoes, jewelry, and accessories; and home furnishings, including china, housewares, domestics, small electric appliances, furniture, and mattresses. As of January 29, 2005, Gottschalks operated 63 department stores in 6 western states, with 39 stores in California, 12 in Washington, 6 in Alaska, and 2 in each of Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho, as well as operated 6 specialty stores. The company was founded by Emil Gottschalk in 1904 and is headquartered in Fresno, California.
Cost Plus, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of casual home furnishings and entertaining products in the United States. It offers a range of home decorating items, such as furniture, rugs, pillows, lamps, window coverings, frames and baskets; furniture products, including ready-to-assemble living and dining room pieces, unusual handcrafted case goods, and occasional pieces; and outdoor furniture made from various materials, such as rattan, hardwood, and wrought iron. The company sells various tabletop and kitchen items, including glassware, ceramics, textiles, and cooking utensils. It also provides various gift and decorative accessories, including collectibles, cards, wrapping paper, and holiday and other seasonal items. In addition, the company offers a selection of gourmet foods and beverages, including wine, microbrewed and imported beer, coffee, tea, and bottled water. As of April 30, 2005, Cost Plus operated 238 stores in 30 states under the names World Market and Cost Plus World Market. The company is headquartered in Oakland, California.