The May Department Stores Company / May Department Stores International (Now part of Federated / Macy’s)
House Brands: Calvert, Surety
May Department Stores was a department store holding company founded in 1877 by David May. This company was only a company that bought, sold and merged regional department stores. Throughout most of its history, the stores it owned were did not accept eachother credit cards, etc as they were all separate entities.
May Department Stores: The Famous Clothing Store, Famous-Barr (Famous Clothing merged with The William Barr Dry Goods Store), O’Neil’s, May Company California (Hamburger & Sons Co) / Became Robinsons-May, Kaufmann’s, Strouss (Strouss-Hirshberg Co), May Daniels-Fisher (The Daniels & Fisher Co), May Cohens/May Florida (Cohen Brothers Dept Store), The Hecht Co, G Fox & Co, Meier & Frank, Robinson’s of Florida, Associated Dry Goods (Owner of Loehmann’s, Lord & Taylor, Caldor), Foley’s, Filene’s, Filene’s Basement, , L.S. Ayres / Ayres, Foley’s, , John Wanamaker, Strawbridge’s, Feeling, Sanger Harris, May D&F, Jones Store / Jones Store Co, The Spot, Field’s, David’s Bridal, Marshall Field’s (from Target Corp).
In 2005, May Department Stores was bought by Federated Department Stores for $11 billion in stock, turning all divisions into Macy’s branches.