11 Facts About Marshall Field's


Company's flagship Marshall Field's Field and Company Building on State Street in the Chicago Loop is a National Landmark.

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In 1913, representatives of Carson Pirie Scott and Marshall Field's were called to the state capital of Illinois at Springfield for the Illinois State Senate's investigation of the low wages of the female employees of the major department stores.

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At Marshall Field's, women were not only typists or other types of clerical workers, they had a major role in the sales department.

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Marshall Field's presciently followed its customers to their new homes outwards to the suburbs, including opening a store in 1950 in partnership with pioneering suburban developer Philip M Klutznick at his new Park Forest Plaza, which utilized revolutionary new concepts in land use and architecture.

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Marshall Field's even expanded further in the Pacific Northwest, acquiring The Crescent department store in Spokane, Washington, in 1962 and in 1970, moved east with the purchase of Halle Brothers Co.

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Marshall Field's continued to expand its hometown base in Illinois, opening a store at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg in 1971.

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In 1979, Marshall Field's expanded south into Texas with a store at The Galleria in Houston.

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Target Corporation introduced some of the brands carried there to the Marshall Field's stores, displacing some of Field's more expensive merchandise.

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Marshall Field's had the first European buying office, which was located in Manchester, England, and the first bridal registry.

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Marshall Field's was the first to introduce the concept of the personal shopper, and that service was provided without charge in every Field's store, right up to the chain's last days under the Marshall Field's name.

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Marshall Field's Field was a major sponsor of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

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