was a department store founded 1860 in Cleveland, Ohio. In
was sold to the joint partnership of Dillard's
department stores and Youngstown-based developer, Edward J.
DeBartolo. The stores continued to operate under the Higbee name
until 1992, when DeBartolo sold his shares to his partners and the
chain was re-branded as Dillard's.
2 In popular culture
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Higbee's was founded by Edwin Converse Higbee and John G. Hower on
September 10, 1860 as Higbee & Hower Dry Goods. The first day of
business saw $100 in sales. It was reorganized as The Higbee Co. in
1902 after the death of Mr. Hower and relocated from its original
Public Square location to a new five-story Playhouse Square Center
store, directly across from its sworn arch-rival
Halle Brothers Co.
Halle Brothers Co. In
1929 it was acquired by the Van Sweringen brothers, who moved the
store to their new $179 million Terminal Tower complex on Public
Square, partly in response to pleas from women who wished to occupy
homes in their new suburb of
Shaker Heights and ride the Vans' new
railroads into the city for quality shopping. The store subsequently
went bankrupt in 1935 as the Van Sweringen empire collapsed in the
Great Depression, but thanks to store executives Charles P. Bradley
and John Murphy, the company was reorganized and flourished under
their guidance for many years.
The 1960s and 1970s saw the addition of several stores in suburbs as
well as expansion to Akron and Canton, all under the watch of
president Herbert Strawbridge, who also saw the value of giving new
The Flats district in Downtown Cleveland.
In 1984, Industrial Equity Ltd, a subsidiary of Brierly Investments
Ltd, New Zealand, acquired Higbee's, selling it three years later to a
joint venture of
Edward J. DeBartolo Sr.
Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. who planned to
Higbee's with an intended acquisition of Horne's. The deal was
cancelled abruptly, resulting in several years of litigation. In 1992
Dillard's bought out DeBartolo's shares and rebadged
Higbee's and five
of the Northern
Horne's stores with its name. During the 1990s,
several inner-ring stores were closed while new far-flung locations
opened or expanded.
The 192 feet tall, 11 story  Public Square flagship store was
famous for its tenth-floor Silver Grille restaurant. It closed in
January 2002. The Main Floor, second and third floors were restored in
2007 to house the new offices of the Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cleveland and the Greater
Cleveland Partnership, while the
Silver Grille was restored for special events.
The building was again completely remodeled in 2011 and opened on May
14, 2012 as the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland. The building was once
again renamed to Jack
Cleveland Casino and reopened on May 11, 2016
after Rock Gaming LLC took over management of the downtown casino.
In popular culture
The store on Public Square was prominently featured in the 1983 movie
A Christmas Story.
Higbee's was referenced in Season 7 Episode 12 of Mad Men.
Higbee's was referenced in Season 1 Episode 20 of 30 Rock.
^ a b selling to North American stores. Taylor & Francis. 1969.
^ Remembering Great American Department Stores, www.dshistory.com
^ http://www.emporis.com/borough/101494/downtown-cleveland/3 Downtown
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^ TEGNA. "New name, new vibe for
Cleveland Jack casino". WKYC.
Papers relating to the Higbee Company at Baker Library Special
Collections, Harvard Business School
Store conversions to Dillard's
Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution
Joseph Horne Company
D. H. Holmes
Stix Baer & Fuller