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One of Florida’s leading retailers celebrates 100 years of success; recognized by Governor Scott during today’s Cabinet meeting
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers, congratulates Bealls, Inc. for their 100th anniversary of successfully providing quality merchandise to Floridians. As part of the celebration of their centennial anniversary, Bealls was recognized this morning by Governor Rick Scott and members of Florida’s cabinet during a cabinet meeting, where Chairman Bob Beall received a proclamation from the Governor.
“I want to congratulate the Beall family and team members for reaching such an incredible milestone and for being such a valuable asset to retail in Florida,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “With their corporate office headquartered in Bradenton, Bealls has been one of the industry leaders in Florida and nationwide for more than a century, and shows no signs of slowing down. We are proud to have had them as members for the past 50 years and we look forward to continuing to support their future success.”
Governor Rick Scott said, “We are excited to recognize the achievement of the Beall family and their associates for a century of outstanding success. Bealls was founded in Florida and has continued to create opportunities for our families for a century, including the 8,000 Floridians they employ today. We are working every day to help businesses like Bealls succeed in our state, so Florida can become the global destination for jobs.”
With more than 530 stores across the southern and eastern United States and sales exceeding $1 billion annually, Bealls has continued to stay fresh and relevant by continually reinventing itself, growing key markets and listening to its customers. Bealls joined FRF in May of 1965 and will be celebrating their 50th anniversary of membership next month.
“Bealls has been serving and creating opportunities for Floridians for 100 years, and we are grateful to Governor Scott for recognizing this momentous accomplishment,” said Bealls CEO Steve Knopik. “We are proud to be a family-operated, Florida-based business and we look forward to another century of success.”
The Florida Retail Federation will honor Bealls' 100th anniversary in business and their 50th anniversary as an FRF member during a ceremony in June.
MANATEE COUNTY - Bealls Outlet is all about the “treasure hunt.”
Unlike what you'd find in its sister department stores, the dress or pair of shoes a shopper sees one day in an outlet store might not be there the next.
That's the beauty of the hunt, says Dave Alves, president of the Bradenton company's outlet store division.
“It's that sense of urgency, that this is too good of a deal to pass up,” said Alves, whose spent the last two and a half years reinventing Bealls Inc.'s already-healthy outlet arm. “It's taking everything we know about retail and turning it on its head. Off-price stores like Bealls Outlet are about giving the shopper a reason to come back every day.”
This year, Bealls, a retail company known for selling apparel and home goods in department and outlet stores in Florida and across the country, is celebrating 100 years of business. Staying in business for a century has been no small feat. It has meant continuing to grow several key markets, and revamping the look and merchandise in its outlet division to prepare to roll out an all-new, upscale boutique format, Bunulu, this year.
But the hometown retail company has managed to reinvent itself and find new avenues to grow over the years.
“The outlet stores continue to do well because Bealls has kept a strong regional focus,” said Steve Kirn, executive director of the David F. Miller Retailing Education and Research Center at the University of Florida. “With that kind of focus, Bealls Outlet has been able to create assortments that speak typically to a Florida customer.” read more