Belk celebrates 125th AnniversaryMay 29, 2013
Belk of Smithfield celebrated the company's 125th Anniversary on May 29 with food, giveaways and a special sale.
“Our 125th anniversary is an opportunity for us to say a big thank you to everyone who has made Belk successful over the past 125 years,” said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO, Belk, Inc. “Thank you to our associates, our customers, our communities, and our vendor partners. We look forward to the next 125 years with pride, excitement, and anticipation as the best is yet to come.”
Belk stores in more than 300 locations across 16 Southern states noted the company’s 125th anniversary on May 29, the date that William Henry Belk opened his first store in Monroe, N.C. Customers were invited to attend celebration events being planned in each store that will include special decorations, entertainment and refreshments, as well as sales promotions throughout the store. The first 100 customers that arrived at each store on Wednesday, May 29th received a Belk gift card.
Belk has a strong tradition of community involvement and philanthropy dating back to our founders nearly 125 years ago. Our company, along with our associates, customers and vendors, contributed more than $18 million to local communities during the past fiscal year. Of the total amount, Belk corporate dollars funded $6.2 million to more than 250 nonprofit organizations, with a focus on education, breast cancer research and awareness, and community strengthening. The remainder of the funding includes associate, vendor and customer dollars raised in Belk-led charitable initiatives, including Belk Charity Sale.
Belk commits to give 2.5 percent of its pretax income each year back to the communities it serves. Last year, Belk Charity Sales (one in spring, one in fall) together raised a total of more than $10 million that benefited thousands of local charities throughout Belk markets. We raised $1.6 million for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation through our 2012 campaign, far surpassing our goal of $1 million and completing a three-year, $3 million commitment to Komen. In January, the company launched a new BelkGives “On the Go” mobile mammography screening center that will travel to 116 Belk markets in the Carolinas and Tennessee throughout 2013. The program represents Belk’s largest investment to date in the fight against breast cancer.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 301 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. Each year, Belk gives a portion of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. In fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013, the company and its associates, customers and vendors, donated more than $18 million to those communities. Belk.com offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.
Photo: Mayor Daniel Evans, Store Manager Cheryl Erickson, Chamber Vice Chair Chris Johnson and Ambassador Dwight Morris display photos of previous Belk locations in Smithfield.Contact:Rick Childrey, President(919) 934-9166