WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST DEPARTMENT STORE
Profile America — Friday, October 16th. Today marks an anniversary that should please America's power shoppers. On this date in 1868, the first full-line department store in the U.S. was organized in Salt Lake City. Called "Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution," it opened the next year. The idea of the department store soon spread around the country, hailed for the convenience such retail powerhouses offered consumers and becoming points of civic pride. The era of the classic, high-rise downtown department store has been eclipsed, but modern equivalents — usually one or two stories high and located in suburban malls — are still major players in the retail scene. There are nearly 14,000 department stores in the U.S., a powerful presence among the country's 50,000 general merchandise establishments. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Founding of the department store: http://lds-church-history.blogspot.com/2009/11/lds-history-oct-7-1868-8-april-1873.html
Department stores: http://www.census.gov/retail/marts/www/download/text/adv45210.txt
General merchandise stores/NAICS 452: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau