1900-1949

1902
Macy’s moves to Herald Square in New York City.
1905
David May moves the headquarters of his growing retail organization to St. Louis.
1907
Bullock’s founded by John Bullock and P.G. Winnett in Los Angeles.
1910
The May Department Stores Company is incorporated.
1911
The May Department Stores Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and opens Famous-Barr in St. Louis.
1923
May Company acquires a department store company in Los Angeles, adding to its growing regional coverage in Akron and Cleveland, OH, and St. Louis.
1924
Macy’s Herald Square location becomes the largest store in the world, following completion of the 7th Avenue addition. Also, 10,000 people watch Macy’s first parade, now known as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
1925
Macy’s acquires Davison-Paxon of Atlanta.
1929
Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now known as Macy’s, Inc.) is formed as a holding company by several family-owned department stores, including Abraham & Straus and F&R Lazarus (along with its Cincinnati-based subsidiary, Shillito’s) and Filene’s of Boston. Corporate offices established in Columbus, OH.
1930
Bloomingdale’s joins Federated. First-year sales for Federated were $112 million.
1934
A modern merchandising standard is set when Fred Lazarus (son of Simon) arranges garments in groups of a single size with a range of style, color and price in that size, rather than the other way around. Lazarus based this technique upon observations made in Paris.
1935
Boston’s Jordan Marsh is 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, Hahn brought chain store advantages to independent, family-owned department stores.
1939
Fred Lazarus Jr. convinces President Franklin Roosevelt that changing the Thanksgiving holiday from the last Thursday of November to the fourth Thursday, extending the Christmas shopping season, would be good for the nation’s business. A 1941 Act of Congress perpetuated the arrangement.

Federated and Allied stores made shopping easier during difficult economic times by offering credit, a "pay when you can" policy and developing a reputation for community involvement in times of crisis.
1945
Federated moves its offices to Cincinnati. Macy’s acquires O’Connor Moffat & Company of San Francisco.
1946
In several ways, Shillito’s becomes the first department store to embrace the African-American community. It is the nation’s first department store to give credit to African-Americans, as well as employ them as salespeople and executives. The store’s restaurant is the first in downtown Cincinnati to serve African-American customers.

May Company acquires Kaufmann’s in Pittsburgh.
1947
O’Connor Moffat becomes Macy’s California.