Von Maur Department Store to Open First Location in Alabama

High-end Retailer Will Anchor Riverchase Galleria Mall in Suburban Birmingham; Move Continues Company's Strategic National Expansion to the Southeast

Sep 30, 2013, 09:30 ET from Von Maur

DAVENPORT, Iowa, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Von Maur Department Stores is pleased to announce that it will open its 29th store at Riverchase Galleria Mall in Hoover, Ala., on November 2, 2013. Located just outside of Birmingham, Ala., the three-level, 185,000 square foot store will be the Company's first location in Alabama and will become one of Von Maur's largest stores in the country.

Known for its outstanding selection of brand name and specialty apparel, shoes, cosmetics, accessories and gifts, the store will feature products from leading brands such as Brooks Brothers, Nic & Zoe, Donald J Pliner, Coach, Joe's Jeans, Hugo Boss, and Tommy Bahama, among many others. The new store will eventually employ more than 200 associates, the majority of which will be full-time.

Located at the mall's former Macy's location, the store underwent a full reconstruction and now the exterior boasts Von Maur's signature exterior brick facade with arching entryways. Inside, open expansive floor plans accentuate Von Maur's residential ambiance, complete with antiques, original artwork and music from the store's grand piano. New department design in Shoes, Juniors, Handbags and Lingerie add to the shopping experience. An interactive, life-sized tree in children's is designed to entertain Von Maur's youngest shoppers while an antique pub, motorcycle and multiple televisions will offer enjoyment in the Men's areas.

Thriving in Alabama's largest metro area with more than one million residents, Riverchase Galleria Mall is surrounded by a highly affluent five-county area. Ideally located at the hub of three major highways – Interstate 65, Interstate 459 and U.S. Highway 31 – the mall attracts more than 15 million visitors annually and is one of the top tourist destinations in the Birmingham area.

"We're excited to continue growing the Von Maur brand throughout the Southeast and to open our first Alabama location at the number one shopping location in the state," said Jim von Maur, president of Von Maur. "Riverchase Galleria Mall's excellent mix of retailers, hotel accommodations and business offices is a great draw within the region, and we look forward to introducing shoppers to the style, service and experience our loyal customers across the country have come to know and love."     

Today's announcement is another milestone in the family-owned Company's national growth strategy. Founded as a dry goods store in Davenport, Iowa in the late 1800s, Von Maur today operates 27 stores and an 119,000 square foot E-Commerce Center, and is committed to expanding one to two stores each year. In the past two years, the Company has opened two stores in Georgia, and plans to open in upstate New York this October. New stores in Oklahoma City and suburban Milwaukee are planned for 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Von Maur is widely-regarded for its superior customer service, including an interest-free charge card, liberal return policy, free gift wrapping and shipping services. The Company also offers its associates above-market wages, excellent benefits and a positive, professional work environment. 

About Von Maur
Von Maur was founded more than 140 years ago in downtown Davenport, Iowa. The Company currently operates 27 stores in 11 states. The Company also runs a successful online business at vonmaur.com. For more information, please visit www.vonmaur.com.


Brendan Griffith