Richard's, Miami, Florida



Richards, originally The New York Department Store,
received a facelift and expansion in 1951



Richards as it appeared in an aerial photo after the
1951 remodeling.


Richards (1913)
1 NE 1st Street
Miami, Florida

FR 9-4311



DOWNTOWN STORE DIRECTORY

Street Floor
Fashion Jewelry D-331 • Fine Jewelry D-05 • Silver D-321 • Aisle of Beauty D-360, D-362 • Toiletries D-361 • Notions D-300 • Handbags D-430 • Purse Accessories D-431 • Hosiery D-420 • Accessories D-391 • Neckwear D-391 • Sunglasses D-380 • Blouses D-392 • Fashionette Sportswear D-393 • Stationery D-144 • Fruit • Candy
Men's Store Men's Furnishings D-721 • Men's Sportswear D-722 • Men's Slacks D-710 • Trend Shop D-707 • Men's Clothing D-700 • Men's Shoes D-041


Mezzanine
Tea Room • Soda Grill

Second Floor
Boys' Wear 8-20 D-430 • Girls' Wear 4-6x D-653 •Girls' Wear 7-14 D-642/651 •Girls' Lingerie D-658 •Children's Wear D-643 •Infants' Wear D-640 •Children's Shoes D-041 • Luggage D-141 •Sporting Goods D-232 •Toys D-231 • Book Shop • Surgical Health

Third Floor
Fashion Third Floor Fashionette Dresses • Sunrise Casuals D-563 • Town Shop D-560 • Palm Beach Dresses D-565 • Misses' Sportswear D-541 • Half Sizes D-562 • Everglades Sportswear D-393 • Key Largo Sportswear D-540 • Coats D-500 • Fur Salon • Bridal Salon • Millinery D-020 • Wigs D-020 • Shoe Salon D-039 • Foundations D-600 • Lingerie D-611 • Robes & Negligees D-610 • Loungewear D-620

Fourth Floor
Domestics D-122 • Linens D-110 • Bath Shop D-108 • Bedspreads D-123 • Draperies D-140 • Curtains D-140 • Lamps D-220 • Fabrics • Sewing Machines • Art Needlework • Beauty Salon

Fifth Floor
Housewares D-200 • Casual Furniture D-201Small Appliances D-202 • Glassware D-210 • China D-211 • Giftware D-200 • Major Appliances D-270 • Radio and TV D-291 • Stereos D-203 • Electronics D-203 • Floor Care D-271

Sixth Floor
Furniture D-250 • Lifestyle D-255 • Sleep Shop D-260 • Floor Coverings D-131 • Rugs D-131

Seventh Floor
Customer Service • Credit Office • Cashier • Auditorium



BRANCH STORES

163rd Street (1956)
112,000 sq. ft.





Miami Beach (1959)
800 Lincoln Road
12,000 sq. ft.







Cutler Ridge (1960)
110,000 sq. ft.








Palm Springs (1962)
Hialeah






Lauderhill (1966)

Palm Beach Mall (1967)
West Palm Beach
125,000 sq. ft.

Midway Mall (1970)

Hollywood Fashion Mall (1972)
Hollywood

24 comments:

  1. As I recall Richard's was simply not Burdines or Jordan Marsh. Didn't it go out of business on its own and not because of corportate take over? I am not sure on this point.

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  2. Richard's was a step below Burdine's and Jordan Marsh, and didn't mind admitting it . . . I read an article in which one of their executives said "We're Richard's . . . and that's OK.

    The store closed in 1980. It was a part of City Stores Co., which controlled Maison Blanche, McAlpin's, Lit Brothers, Lownestein's, Loveman's, The Lion Store, The Jones Store Co., among others. The company seems to have run many of these stores right into the ground, closing the well-regarded Lansburgh's in 1973. Lit Brother's went from being "Brand Name Retailer of the Year" to a hopeless case by 1977.

    It is with hindsight that I offer these opinions, but I do remember an article in the 1970s in which the interviewer questioned City Stores' CEO about the market position of their stores, with the CEO claiming they were the market leader in many cities in which they did business, but unable to cite any one in particular!

    Richard's obviously had a market niche, but was, again, in my opinion, a victim of the parent's weakness and ultimate bankruptcy.

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  3. Believe it or not, City Stores Company is still in business but not as a corporate owner of department stores, but a manufacturer of greeting cards, CSS Industries. They started as a company in 1923 when they merged Maison Blanche, Lowenstein's, and Loveman's of Alabama into one company. They later owned Richard's, Lansburgh's, Lit Brothers, Kaufman-Straus, Wise, Smith & Company, R.H. White, Wolf & Dessauer Co., Hearns, Georke's, Franklin Simon, Oppenheim, Collins & Co., and W. & J. Sloane. I think the last store was Maison Blanche in New Orleans when it was sold to Goudchaux's in Baton Rouge. Sloane's also closed around the same time. Some of the stores mentioned in the last post were actually part of Mercantile Stores Co. which purchased only Maison Blanche in 1992.

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  4. the Downtown Miami store as you walked in the entrance from the NE 1st St side, you would be met with a huge down staircase with a huge sign over it that read: "Welcome to the Only Basement Store in Miami". I would buy shirts down there when I worked at Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbour and they were usually with tags still on them from fine NY stores like Franklin Simon, and even one from Burdine's down the block. You felt like you were shopping a cut above Sears and Jefferson's (our M. Ward's in S. Fla) when you shopped at Richard's. They held a special place in the heart of many of Miami's Cuban immigrant population because they hired them even though they may have spoken little to no English and gave them English lessons as a part of their employment. I'm sure that fed the families of many a suddenly destitute former executive in those days.....

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  5. I see above that City Stores owned W&J Sloans. That was one great furniture store in its day. I had some great pieces from there, and then they closed. I guess they were run into the ground just like Richard's.

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  6. Thanks for a trip down memory lane. I grew up in Miami and loved this store, especially the basement. No, it wasn't Burdines but it was a great store. Like the man said "It isn't Burdines, it's Richards and thats fine". Just a note about the 50's and 60's (yes, I'm old)it was magical for kids back then at Christmas. There were never Christmas decorations and wrapping paper in the stores in October. You could go shopping the day befor Thanksgiving and never see Christmas but the day after it looked like elfs had worked all night to transform the stores and the city streets into "Christmas Town". It's too bad all that has been lost.

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  7. my mother used to drag me there every saturday to see what was on sale in the basement (miami's downtown store) we would ride the #5 bus, from "calle 8" (SW 8th street) to downtown and then walk a couple of blocks to the store. we had just arrived from havana in the 60's. my mother new the store because she would travel to miami occasionally, to visit her cousing.
    those were the days!

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  8. Yep, it wasn't Burdine's but was great on deals! My mom bought some nice furniture there in the 70s, and our first color TV (Sylvania) came from there. We rode the #2 (22 Ave) Tigertail bus to downtown. Who needed a car?

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  9. I was a buyer of Linens in the Basement in 70-72. We had a Merchandise Manager, Mr. Hy Lypson that drove all the basement buyers nuts to offer the best prices in Miami. He was retired from a NYC store and ran the ranchhands in the below water level store. There was 4 buyers in that hell-hole. Mens/Linens/Ladies/Children. All were crazy and could have had a sitcom show about the pranks pulled off in challenging the upstairs buyers, Burdines, Jefferson and any other store.
    We bought 2nd's and discontined stock that was intercepted on it's way out of country for sale in remote areas. Our Dollar Days were sights to behold. I personally broke up a knife fight between two customers fighting over a bedspread.
    The Ladies buyer was as fruity as a Christmas Cake and made it a NYC buying trip to find some steel tipped bras. When they come in Hy Lipsom had a cow! Tom over in Mens would have a Free Hot Dog Saturday where the dogs were prepared in the Mens Rest Room. Great Stories.

    Ron McKey, Denver, Colorado

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  10. Sandy Yeagle Arnold08 August, 2012 19:17

    I worked at Richards for many many years, I started part time in sales in the " Junior Dept " in the Downtown Store, I also worked in the buying office for Margarite Ridings and was the Assistant Store Manager at the Midway Mall Store when Richards closed. Along the way I worked in management at the Downtown Store, Palm Springs Mall and also the 163rd St. store.I loved Richards, we has a blast working in the store and also after hours. ( anyone remember the Jockey Lounge next to Richards ).. ..Lol ! I remember that on " Ladies Days " all the women executives took over the running of the store and the men stayed home ( or elsewhere, maybe golfing ) , it was a fun time. I have often thought it would be great to have a Richards Reunion , nothing like the " Good Old Days " !!!

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  11. I was born in Miami in 1939, have lived here all my life, and cherish the happy memories of shopping downtown Miami and especially Richards and their Bargain Basement. My Mom and Grandmother were regular customers..I worked around the corner at NE. 2nd street At Southern Bell for 8 years, and very often had lunch at Richards Grill, delicious hamburgers and fries. And also the Jockey Club, Richards was often a shortcute when I was running late getting back to work. Well I spent a lot of time on those shortcuts looking at Richards great merchandise.
    Thanks for the memories.
    Joan

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  12. During the late 60's I worked at the 163rd street store in Miami in the children's dept. I caught a 5 yr old girl stuffing clothes in her shopping bag. I notified security and they arrested an entire family who were in different sections stealing various items. I loved working there. Christmas was hectic but so much fun being around people in such a festive time. Oh how things have changed!

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  13. Richard Gonzalez19 April, 2013 11:39

    My parents named me Richard because in 1958, as Cuban immigrants coming to Miami, it was the first department store to grant them their first credit card ( I believe it was called charge cards back then) to purchase baby furniture and clothings needed for me, their first born. Thank you Richards

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  14. That's a fascinating story, Richard! Maybe you could take on the store's logo as your own, if you haven't already!

    Have you seen the Richard's charge card posted elsewhere on this blog?

    Bruce (another product of 1958)

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  15. Tony Hernandez30 August, 2013 05:58

    Thinking of an incident where I found an elementary school teacher of mine working part-time at Richards I found this article. That would have been in Miami in the early 70s. I remember downtown Richards escalators ( where my grandma took her first and last(( she fell)) ride on an escalator. Richards was good and basic and no it wasn't considered HIGH FASHION but it wasn't he bottom of the barrel either.

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  16. Tony Hernandez30 August, 2013 06:05

    Oh, I forgot to mention that my favorite part of the Richards downtown Miami building was the fact that when you opened the doors at the main front entrance you would get a big dose of fast blowing cool air ...a huge relief in steamy humid summertime Miami. I always figured it was due to some pressure buildup in the building. But me and my brother loved it.

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  17. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of waiting each year for Christmas (aka Winter in SoFla!), when Richard's would have all the most beautiful decorations adorning the store, and a "real" Santa Claus who would give out a Christmas coloring book to each child. I'm sure I have photos somewhere sitting on Santa's lap, and no, they weren't all perverts back then. Every year this was like magic, living in Miami where the rest of the year was just one big hot season. Richard's lit up my life in many ways. I bought my first Barbie dolls there. Sigh...

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  18. how do I find out how much my chip n dip try is that my grandma left me? It is made from this company and bought on 11/5/1974 I have the sales check #, the box it came in still in good condition.

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  19. I was just a Cuban refugee kid when I arrived in Miami in 1961. We were so poor we could only shop at Richard´s basement and, mind you, on certain sale days only. Still going to Richards was an exciting experience since it was so big, so beautiful and had so much great stuff. . The only eye sores in the place were the racially divided rest rooms. Coming from my background I just couldn´t understand it...

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  20. I used to love the one in Cutler Ridge, used to go there all the time. It was wide open, very airy and clean. I remember the escalator right in the center of the floor.

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  21. It is so nice to read all of your stories from memory lane. Not sure of how I ended up on this blog, but since I am here I thought I'd pose a question. To preface my questions, I was born in May of 1970. My mother arrived in Miami in 1967-68 ish from Panama. Eight months after giving birth to me, she found it too difficult as a single woman to provide care, and subsequently turned me over to Catholic Charities. I was adopted by a lovely family in Fort Myers, where I was raised. In my adoption papers, my mother didn't name my father but stated he was educated, tall, and was the owner of a men's clothing store on Miami Beach. Communication was minimal back then compared to today; so our family in Pamama would receive letters periodically from her. It is thought by my younger aunts, that my mother actually worked for my father by being a caretaker of his mom. Needless to say, my mom died in 2003, two years prior to me finding my maternal family. So there are many questions left unanswered by her death. So I have decided to pose these questions to you bloggers since it appears we were in the same areas at the same time. *** How many men's department stores were there on Miami Beach? Were there any others besides Richards? How may I research the owners of these stores? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Time is passing me by and I would love the opportunity to learn about my paternal family. With regards,

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  22. Hello! I would suggest that you look through the Google News Archive where the Miami Gazette is available. You could look at the 1969 issues and see ads for stores that had branches in Miami Beach. Richards was one of them, I believe; so was Saks Fifth Avenue and Burdines. Smaller Men's clothing stores might be found in that area. The Miami library may have Miami beach directories for the pertinent years that would list Men's stores there, too. Sorry it isn't too much, but I hope this is a start for you. God bless your mom for wanting the best for you and for your parents that opened their hearts to you.
    - Bruce

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  23. There was a Richards at 425 Lincoln Road that opened up in 1940 but did not last long. It was closed within a couple of years.

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  24. Used to love their jewelry counter at the Palm Beach Mall store. It was all I could afford as a teenager. The mall was THE hangout in the '70s!

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