🠈  Dillard's  🠊


Dillards is an upscale department store headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas with stores throughout the United States. At the end of 2004, Dillards had about 300 stores in 29 states.

The chain traces its history to 1938 when William T. Dillard (1914-2002) opened his first store in Nashville, Arkansas with $8,000 and a generous credit line based on his family's experience in the grocery business. Mr. Dillard sold the first store and entered a series of partnerships and mergers in subsequent years.

The company was adept at turning around department stores and grew through a combination of new stores and mergers through the 1990s.

Dillard went public on the American Stock Exchange in 1969. Dillard's currently trades on the NYSE with the symbol DDS.

The stores tend to be located in suburban shopping malls. According to Wikipedia, Dillard's store had approximately 37,000 employees in 2019. The stores are concentrated heavily in the Central through Southwest region of the US.1

Corporate Timeline

This page shows select events in the corporate timeline of Dillards. William T. Dillard's father owned a store in the "Tater House" section of Mineral Springs, Arkansas.

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  1. Wikipedia - Dillards (Drawn 3/24/2017)
  2. Encyclopedia of Arkansas - Dillards (Drawn 2/2/2021)

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