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Belk hosts 125th anniversary celebration

POSTED: May 29, 2013 12:49 a.m.

Belk department store is celebrating its 125th anniversary with an open house today at locations across the Southeast, including at Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville.

The event starts with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with guests Mayor Danny Dunagan and Kit Dunlap, president and CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. The first 100 customers will receive a Belk gift card. The store is located in the mall at 150 Pearl Nix Parkway, and guests should enter at the shoe department in the ladies building.

William Henry Belk opened the first Belk store in Monroe, N.C., on May 29. The company now has stores in 301 locations across the Southeast. It is the largest family-owned and -operated department store in the country.

“Our 125th anniversary is an opportunity for us to say a big thank you to everyone who has made Belk successful over the past 125 years,” said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk Inc., in a press release. “Thank you to our associates, our customers, our communities and our vendor partners. We look forward to the next 125 years with pride, excitement and anticipation as the best is yet to come.”


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