Frank Winfield Woolworth

Frank Winfield Woolworth

Birth
Rodman, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Death 8 Apr 1919 (aged 66)
Glen Cove, Nassau County, New York, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Pine Plot, Section 123/135, Woolworth Mausoleum
Memorial ID 1127 · View Source
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Businessman. He is best known for founding the F.W. Woolworth Company that operated a chain of discount stores across the United States that specialized in marketing merchandise at the cost of five and ten cents. He was one of the first to practice buying merchandise directly from the manufacturers and establishing fixed prices on items in lieu of haggling. He was also the first to employ self-service display cases so customers could examine what they wanted to purchase without the assistance of a salesperson. He was born in Rodman, New York, and attended a business college for two terms in Watertown, New York. While working as a stock boy at a general store in 1873 and came up with the idea of a five-cent store. In 1879, he borrowing $300 and opened his first five-cent store in Utica, New York, which quickly failed. About two months later, he opened his second store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, expanding the concept to include merchandise priced at ten cents. By 1911 his company was incorporated and had grown to a total of 586 stores. In 1913 he built the F.W. Woolworth building in New York City, New York, at a cost of $13.5 million dollars and at the time it was the tallest building in the world, measuring 792 feet. In 1916 he built his estate, Winfield Hall, in Glen Cove, New York, which contained 56 rooms where he died three years later. At the time of his death, he had more than 1,000 stores throughout the United States and in other countries and his corporation was worth $65 million in then-year dollars. On July 17, 1997, the company went out of business and transitioned into the Foot Locker, Incorporated.

Bio by: William Bjornstad



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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Winfield Woolworth (13 Apr 1852–8 Apr 1919), Find a Grave Memorial no. 1127, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .