May 27, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- On
, Belk, Inc. will celebrate its 125
anniversary throughout its 16-state footprint with festivities for customers at each of its 301 locations. Belk is excited to share this milestone with its local communities after 125 years of success as a Southern, family-owned and operated company with a dedication to the communities it serves.
The first Belk location was opened on
May 29, 1888
William Henry Belk
, grandfather to current Chairman and CEO
and President and COO
John R. Belk
. Today, Belk is in its third generation of family ownership and continues to experience growth, with an increasing online business that offers "Modern. Southern. Style." to customers across
the United States
"On this day we're celebrating our rich heritage over the last 125 years, but we also want to celebrate our bright future," says
. "Today is about thanking our customers, associates and vendors for their support in the past and their partnership going forward."
, each Belk store will hold a public in-store event at
local time including festive, interactive entertainment and giveaways. Special 125
anniversary cupcakes will be served and commemorative gift cards ranging in value between
will be distributed to the first 100 customers to arrive at each store.
Belk is celebrating its anniversary year throughout 2013, and is offering customers several opportunities to share in the festivities. More than 125 exclusive products are available for purchase in Belk stores and on belk.com from top Belk partners including Michael Kors,
and more. Customers can also register online to participate in 125 Days of Prizes, during which time Belk will award a prize valued from
every day until
. Customers can register on Belk's Facebook page or on
During 2013, Belk is also participating in 125 Days of Service. Through a
partnership with the Points of Light Institute, Belk associates will work in local schools to bring "Modern. Southern. Style." to the schools through various makeover projects. The project concludes
and will serve 225 schools throughout the Belk footprint.
Belk will also be marking the anniversary with vendors at a special event on
For more information on Belk's 125
anniversary, please visit
-based Belk, Inc. (
) is the nation's largest family owned and operated department store company with 301 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Founded in 1888 by
William Henry Belk
, the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. Each year, Belk gives a portion of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. In fiscal year ending
Jan. 31, 2013
, the company and its associates, customers and vendors, donated more than
to those communities.
offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. To connect with Belk go to
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