Growth and Development
We acquired Club Libby Lu, a specialty store focusing on "tween"
age girls, in May 2003. Its mission: To create a spontaneous environment
that encourages girls to express their imagination and individuality.
To create value for our shareholders, we sold our Proffitt’s
and McRae’s businesses to Belk, Inc. on July 5, 2005, our Northern
Department Store Group (operating under the Carson Pirie Scott,
Bergner's, Boston Store, Herberger's, and Younkers nameplates) to The
Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. on March 6, 2006, and our Parisian business to
Belk, Inc. on October 2, 2006.
The Company generated approximately $2.0 billion in cash from
the sales of its department store businesses, and used the proceeds to
purchase Company stock, pay $8 per share of special cash dividends to
shareholders, and substantially reduce debt.
The Company discontinued the operations of Club Libby Lu in January 2009.
Today, we operate
Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and saks.com.
Saks Fifth Avenue History
- The Beginning — Dreaming of a unique specialty
store synonymous with fashionable, gracious living, Horace Saks and
Bernard Gimbel opened Saks Fifth Avenue in 1924.
- Expansion — When Adam Gimbel became President of Saks Fifth Avenue in 1926, he built an empire of stores reaching from coast to coast.
- Joining Saks Incorporated — B.A.T. Industries
PLC acquired Saks Fifth Avenue in 1973, and sold it to Investcorp S.A.
in 1990. When Saks merged with Proffitt’s Inc. in 1998, the company was
re-named to Saks Incorporated.
- Today — Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world's
pre-eminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative
American and international designer collections, its expertly edited
assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the
first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its
Associates. There are 46 Saks Fifth Avenue stores in 23 states.
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH History
- The Beginning — The first of our outlet stores appeared in 1992 in Franklin Mills, Pennsylvania, under the name of Clearinghouse.
- Expansion — With the 1995 decision to expand, we were renamed OFF 5TH.
- Joining Saks Incorporated — When Saks merged with Proffitt’s Inc. in 1998, the company was re-named Saks Incorporated.
- Today — OFF 5TH is the savvy shopper's premier
source for value-priced designer clothing and accessories, offering
customers an unparalleled array of both coveted designer names and
unique merchandise under the Saks Fifth Avenue label. OFF 5TH places the
highest priority on style, selection, and superior customer service and
operates 57 stores nationwide.