Target Corporation is the second largest retail company in the United States after Wal-Mart. It was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. At first, Target Company was formerly Dayton Dry Goods Company, and later changed its name to Dayton Hudson Company. Target is ranked 38th in the 2012 Fortune 500. It is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
Sears Sears is an American department store headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. In 1893, Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck founded Sears Holdings. In 1925, the first physical store was opened.
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) (H&M) is a Swedish multinational retail clothing company known as fast fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. H&M business covers 43 countries and has 94,000 employees worldwide. In 1947, it opened its first store on Västerås Street in Sweden. At the end of 2011, it had 2,325 stores.
Costco is the founder of the membership-based warehouse wholesale club. Since its establishment, it has been committed to providing members with high-quality branded products at the lowest possible price. At present, it operates hundreds of stores all over the world. The company provides members not only with numerous product options, but also many special member-exclusive services and rights, hoping to allow members to enjoy the best shopping experience.
Kmart is an American chain discount store. Founded in 1962, it is the third largest discount chain store in the world, second only to Wal-Mart and Target. As of January 29, 2011, Kmart had 1,307 Kmart stores in the United States, distributed in 49 states in the United States, including Guam (with the largest Kmart in the world), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Michaels is a North American arts and crafts retail chain. Currently, it operates more than 1,040 Michaels craft shops, covering 49 states in the United States and Canada. It owns and operates 165 Aaron Brothers stores. Michaels products include: Recollections, Studio Decor, Bead Landing, Creatology, Ashland, Celebrate It, Art Minds, Artist’s Loft, Craft Smart and Loops & Threads.
Big Lots is a Fortune 500 retail company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA. It has nearly 1,500 stores in 47 U.S. states and Canada. Big Lots sells a variety of goods, including food, beverages, toys, furniture, clothing, household goods, small electronic products, most of which are clearance or backlog items.
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments. It has 243 stores in the United States and is headquartered in Westlake Village, California. The CEO of the Guitar Center is Greg Trojan. Its revenue is $1.78 billion and it has 10,000 employees.
Sports Authority (still called the Sports Authority in some places) is one of the largest sports goods retailers in the United States, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. It has 460 stores in 45 states in the United States. As of 2011, Sports Authority has 14,250 employees.
Cost Plus World Market is an American retail store that provides casual family life and entertainment products. Shop goods include: home decoration, kitchenware, ceramics, glassware, textiles, gifts, decorative accessories, food, beverages, etc. In fiscal year 2006, Cost Plus World Market had revenue of US$1.04 billion and had 2,390 full-time employees.