Bealls celebrates 100 years of growth

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — One hundred years in Florida has been good for both Bealls and the state.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet recently issued a resolution recognizing Bealls’ centennial anniversary. Of the company’s 12,000 employees, some 10,000 are located in Florida.

“We are excited to recognize the achievement of the Beall Family and their associates for a century of outstanding success,” Scott said.

Bealls is the parent company of Bealls Department Stores, Bealls Outlet Stores, and Burkes Outlet Stores.

The United States retail corporation of more than 500 stores was founded in 1915 in Bradenton.

Headquartered in Bradenton, Florida, the operating companies take advantage of resource sharing by utilizing functions provided by Bealls, including distribution, finance, information systems, loss prevention and human resources. Conversely, each company has its own buying, product development, real estate, and advertising organization.

Pictured left-to-right: Jeff Atwater, Pam Bondi, Gov. Scott, Bob Beall, Matt Beall, Dan Doyle, Adam Putnam – Image courtesy of Bealls Florida

Source: Gov. Rick Scott

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