Belk stores mark 125th anniversary
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May 19, 2013 | 202 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
May 29 marks the 125th anniversary of the Belk department store chain.

Belk stores in more than 300 locations across 16 states will be celebrating the company’s 125th anniversary on May 29, the date the first store opened in North Carolina.

Customers are invited to attend celebration events being planned in each store that will include special decorations, entertainment and refreshments, as well as sales promotions throughout the store.

The first 100 customers arriving at each store on May 29 will receive a Belk gift card.

Cleveland’s celebration event will take place at Belk in the Bradley Square Mall off Paul Huff Parkway. It will begin at the store’s main entrance at 9 a.m. and last until 9:29 a.m., when the store opens for the day and gift cards are given to customers.

The store will also offer cupcakes, lemonade and special entertainment throughout the day.

“Our 125th anniversary is an opportunity for us to say a big thank you to everyone who has made Belk successful over the past 125 years,” said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc. “Thank you to our associates, our customers, our communities and our vendor partners. We look forward to the next 125 years with pride, excitement and anticipation as the best is yet to come.”

Charlotte, N.C.,-based Belk, Inc. has 301 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. Each year, Belk gives a portion of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. By the end of the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, the company and its associates, customers and vendors had donated more than $18 million to those communities.

Belk offers an assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories along with cosmetics, a wedding registry and merchandise for the home. For more information, visit