Founded by Jeff Bezos in 1995 and based in Seattle, this e-commerce site quickly joined the ranks as a Fortune 500 company. The site offers a wide array of products for consumers to choose from and has sites in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Canada and China.
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Aeropostale opened its first store in 1987 by R.H. Macy & Co., Inc and specializes in casual apparel and accessories for young men and women between the ages of 14-17. There are more than 900 stores spanning the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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Founded in 1970, Urban Outfitters sells merchandise that relates to contemporary art, music and fashion. According to its web site, Urban Outfitters’ target consumer is men and women between the ages of 18 to 30. Today there are more than 130 stores spanning the United States, Canada and Europe.
Opening its first store in Lowell, Mass., in 1963, CVS was founded by brothers Stanley and Sidney Goldstein and Ralph Hoagland. Today, CVS Caremark is the biggest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S. with more than 7,000 stores in 43 states.
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Established in 1962, Walmart’s first store opened in Rogers, Ark. Sam Walton launched the discount retailer with the objective to making a better life for people on a budget. According to its web site, there are more than 8, 446 stores under 55 banners in 15 countries. In 2010, the world’s largest retailer posted $405 billion in sales.
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Established in 1971, this household-goods retailer also operates the Christmas Tree Shops, Harmon, Harmon Face Values, and buybuy Baby in the United States and Canada. In addition, the company operates Home & More through a joint venture in Mexico. According to its web site, “The Company’s objective is to be the customer’s first choice for products and services in the categories offered, in the markets in which the company operates.”
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Founded in Manhattan in 1941, Coach began as a family-run workshop. Now, a greatly expanded company, Coach has more than 400 stores in the United States and Canada. According to its mission statement, “Coach seeks to be the leading brand of quality lifestyle accessories offering classic, modern American styling.”
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The company, founded by David Hirschfeld, opened its first store in Kearney, Neb., in 1948 under the name “Mills Clothing.” The company changed its name to The Buckle in 1991. The retailer sells casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men and women. There are more than 400 stores in 41 states across the United States.
GUESS was founded in 1981 by brothers Maurice and Paul Marciano who took the idea to the U.S. from France, which gives the clothes a more European influence. According to its web site, GUESS is a global lifestyle brand of apparel and accessories and has 1,210 stores in more than 80 countries.
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Lululemon was founded in 1998 by Chip Wilson in Vancouver. The company sells yoga-inspired athletic apparel for women and men. According to their web site, the company’s mission statement is “to create components for people to live longer, healthier, and more fun lives.” There are more than 100 stores spanning across Canada, USA, and Australia.
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The past couple of years have been rough for retailers as they saw sales dry up when consumers pulled the purse strings tight. But some managed to remain intact and even grow. Here are the top 10 financially healthy retailers, according to consumergoods.com. The company surveyed retailers taking into account: healthy growth, asset utilization, pricing power and balance sheet strength.