was a regional department store
chain serving the U.S. states
of New York
, and New Jersey
. The chain was in business for more than 130 years, prior to its 2001 integration into Macy's
- 1867: Stern Brothers' Department Store is founded in Manhattan by the Stern brothers, recent immigrants from Ziegenhain, (Schwalm-Eder-Kreis), Germany.
- 1951: Stern Brothers is acquired by Allied Stores Corporation.
- 1969: Flagship Store on 42nd Street is closed, Bergen Mall location designated new Headquarters, and Flagship
- 1982: Allied Stores Corporation's Gertz division on Long Island was merged into Stern's which by then operated primarily in New Jersey.
- 1986: Stern's acquires several stores from the defunct Gimbels, and enters the Philadelphia Market.
- 1986: Campeau Corporation acquires Allied.
- 1988: Campeau acquires Federated Department Stores (FDS). Beginning of Allied/FDS "tandem" operations. Five of the seven locations in the Philadelphia market are closed (all former Gimbels).
- 1989: Remaining 2 locations in the Philadelphia market are closed.
- 1992: Allied is fully merged into FDS.
- 1994: With the purchase of RH Macy by FDS, the Manhattan Mall location of Abraham & Straus is converted to Stern's, and the chain re-enters the Manhattan Market.
- 2001: FDS closes its Stern's division, with most locations being converted to Bloomingdale's or Macy's stores. The flagship Stern's store at Manhattan Mall (formerly Gimbels), just two blocks from the Macy's flagship store, was not converted and is currently empty (to become JCPenney).
Partial list of former Stern's locations
- Bayshore (Former Gertz, converted to Macy's, demolished for Lowe's.)
- Commack - Veterans Memorial Highway (Formerly S. Klein, then E. J. Korvette, then Stern's, now Macy's)
- Douglaston (Former Stern's, now Macy's)
- East Hampton, Pantigo Road, opened as a summer seasonal store then year round, now closed, and empty.
- Flushing - Main St. (Former Stern's, now Macy's)
- Garden City - Roosevelt Field Mall (Former Gimbels, then Galyan's, now split between Bloomingdale's Furniture Gallery and Dick's Sporting Goods)
- Hampton Bays (Former Gertz, then Stern's, now Macy's)
- Hicksville - Broadway Mall (Former Gertz, now Macy's. Top level of store was closed to public sometime in the 1980s.)
- Lake Grove
- 32-36 W. 23rd St. Between 6th Ave. and 5th Ave. (Original store. Built in 1878, expanded to nos. 38-46 in 1892. Replaced by 42nd St. store in 1913. Building still exists, bottom floors are now The Home Depot.)
- W. 42nd St. between 6th Ave. and 5th Ave. (Former HQ and flagship store, built in 1913. Demolished, now site of Grace Building)
- (former Gimbels NYC store, then A&S, now shops and Manhattan Mall)
- Massapequa - Sunrise Mall (now Westfield Sunrise)
- first location (originally Gertz, now Sears)
- second location (former E. J. Korvette, later Abraham & Strauss, then Macy's clearance center, now Wal-Mart)
- Nanuet - Nanuet Mall (former Abraham & Straus, converted to Stern's, became Boscov's will close in May 2008 to be demolished in mall redevelopment)
- Valley Stream - Green Acres Mall (now Macy's Furniture/men's store)
- West Babylon (Former Gertz, then Swezey's, currently Bed Bath & Beyond.)
- Yonkers - Cross County Shopping Center (former Gimbels store, now Macy's)
- Bridgewater - Bridgewater Commons (Now Bloomingdale's) - 2 Floors
- Eatontown - Monmouth Mall (former Abraham & Straus, now Boscov's)
- Jersey City - Newport Center Mall (later Macy's, now Kohl's)
- Ledgewood - Ledgewood Mall (now Macy's)
- Moorestown - Moorestown Mall (Former Gimbels store, became Ports Of The World, now Boscov's)
- Ocean Township - Seaview Square Mall (mall torn down; Target Greatland on site of former Stern's)
- Paramus - Bergen Mall Became Headquarters of chain upon closing of 42nd Street New York store (later Macy's, now Century 21 Department Store & Filene's Basement) - 5 Floors
- Paterson - Downtown (Originally Quackenbush, then Stern's-Quackenbush. Became Jacobs, then Wertheimer's, then a temporary home for discounter National Wholesale Liquidators when that chain's store in Lodi was destroyed by fire. Operated as a children's clothing store from 2001-2003. Store divided in 2005. Bank of America and a women's clothing store operate on part of the main level, over 60,000 square feet, including the store's lower and upper levels, are vacant)
- South Brunswick (later Macy's, now The Home Depot)
- South Plainfield - Middlesex Mall (now Macy's)
- Toms River - Ocean County Mall (now Boscov's)
- Voorhees - Echelon Mall (originally Lit Brothers, then Gimbels, then Stern's, now Boscov's)
- Preakness Shopping Center (now Macy's)
- Willowbrook Mall (now Bloomingdale's) - 3 Floors
- Woodbridge - Woodbridge Center Mall (Now Macy's)
- West Orange - Essex Green Shopping Center (now Macy's)