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Old 10-09-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: International Spacestation
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In Gadsden, AL we had Belk-Hudson. It was the first building in our town with an escalator. For a treat my mama would sometimes take us to the store just to ride the escalator.
You should bring ya mama to Peachtree Center Station, she can ride the stairway to heaven or to hell depending on which direction yall going in.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Triangle, North Carolina
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Why does the new logo remind me of a feminine product? This must be similar to a prior tampon/pad item.
Belk! We want absorb your business!
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:46 AM
 
Location: UnInc Gwinnett
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A little history on Belk ...

It's the largest privately owned (the Belk family still owns and runs it) department store in the US. Belk has been around for well over 100 years, traditionally in small rural towns/ cities w/ downtown locations, then on to local and regional malls, "strip" centers, etc. They have a few flagship stores that are very upscale ans well as stores in strip locations (Belk has always tried to be all thing to all people).

Originally, the Belk family would join forces with a local family to open & operate stores in small rural town & cities. Hence, you get names like Hudson Belk (Raleigh area), and a host of other names. Back in the late 1990s the Belk family bought out / took back control of the Belk stores and most of those hypenated names are gone. The result was a more streamlined business, but much of that uniqueness that I personally liked about them has gone.

I understand their desire to update their look. I really don't care for their new logo. IMO they should have somehow kept the signature B for tradition sake and updated the rest.

For those of you that want to snobbishly knock the store, respectfully you have to admit to be around for as long as they have, expand, thrive and survive they have done something right!
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Atlanta/DC
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Eh. Never heard of it until I moved to Atlanta.

Belk is a necessary evil-that's where I get my son's oxford shirts for school. The store reminds me a little of Burdines (RIP) in South Florida.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Eh. Never heard of it until I moved to Atlanta.

Belk is a necessary evil-that's where I get my son's oxford shirts for school. The store reminds me a little of Burdines (RIP) in South Florida.
Yeah, they exist in Florida too, but they have never had any stores in Southeast Florida. Fort Myers seems to be as far down as they go.

As far as Burdines, I miss them - along with all the other wonderful regional chains that Macy's/Federated sucked up from coast to coast.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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As far as the new logo, I've noticed several ads over the weekend featuring it. There are some beautiful shots of the Charlotte skyline in all of them.
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:33 PM
 
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A little history on Belk ...

It's the largest privately owned (the Belk family still owns and runs it) department store in the US. Belk has been around for well over 100 years, traditionally in small rural towns/ cities w/ downtown locations, then on to local and regional malls, "strip" centers, etc. They have a few flagship stores that are very upscale ans well as stores in strip locations (Belk has always tried to be all thing to all people).

Originally, the Belk family would join forces with a local family to open & operate stores in small rural town & cities. Hence, you get names like Hudson Belk (Raleigh area), and a host of other names. Back in the late 1990s the Belk family bought out / took back control of the Belk stores and most of those hypenated names are gone. The result was a more streamlined business, but much of that uniqueness that I personally liked about them has gone.

I understand their desire to update their look. I really don't care for their new logo. IMO they should have somehow kept the signature B for tradition sake and updated the rest.

For those of you that want to snobbishly knock the store, respectfully you have to admit to be around for as long as they have, expand, thrive and survive they have done something right!
Very informative and insightful post.
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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Eh. Never heard of it until I moved to Atlanta.

Belk is a necessary evil-that's where I get my son's oxford shirts for school. The store reminds me a little of Burdines (RIP) in South Florida.
Why would you hear of Belk before you lived in a city where one is located? It's a regional store...it's kind of like someone saying "Eh, I've never heard of Von Maur or Boscov's. You wouldn't really know about such department stores unless someone specifically mentioned them or you happened to live where one is located.

I remember a coworker of mine talking about how she loved shopping at "Famous" and I thought is was such a silly name for a department store...didn't know it was Famous-Barr since I had never heard of it before.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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KUDOS to SOUTHERN EXPOSURE for pointing out an overlooked fact in this thread: That Belk remains a FAMILY owned department store that continues to thrive amid a sea of failures, closures and consolidations. I am much more willing to spend my $$ at Belk than with those bastards at Macy's (R.I.P. Rich's)
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Atlanta/DC
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Why would you hear of Belk before you lived in a city where one is located? It's a regional store...it's kind of like someone saying "Eh, I've never heard of Von Maur or Boscov's. You wouldn't really know about such department stores unless someone specifically mentioned them or you happened to live where one is located.

I remember a coworker of mine talking about how she loved shopping at "Famous" and I thought is was such a silly name for a department store...didn't know it was Famous-Barr since I had never heard of it before.
Because I travel. No need for the snark.

I've heard of Century 21 and Strawberry in my late teens and early 20's before I even visited NYC, why? Because I like to shop.

Those are regional stores as well.

If anything, that shows how it's essentially a non-descript department store. Not knocking it-it definitely serves it's purpose.
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