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by Chris Schroder

For 138 years, Atlanta-based Rich’s was a leading department store throughout the South and a favorite among locals.

Rich’s – originally named M. Rich & Co. – was opened in 1867 by Hungarian-Jewish immigrant Morris Rich, whose two brothers later joined as partners. The first suburban location opened in 1959 at Lenox Square, Georgia’s first shopping mall.

The Atlanta institution was purchased in 1976 and eventually replaced by Macy’s in 2005. Rich’s is still remembered today for its top-notch customer service, strong sense of civic responsibility and annual holiday traditions, including the Lighting of the Great Tree and rooftop Pink Pig ride.

Mark C. McDonald, The Georgia Trust

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Steve August 28, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Those are forward-thinking dressers pictured here and MARTA must have been in its infancy!

Leanne August 31, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Thank you for writing this. I’m proud to have been a part of the Rich’s Belvedere family for 11 years, until it closed.

JOyce Leveritt Baron September 3, 2015 - 1:21 pm

appreciate your pictures and stuff very much, Rich was part of my life. Really miss them,It what
ever. JOyce Leveritt Baron

Dianne Royston Jones September 3, 2015 - 4:11 pm

I loved the four years I worked there and have such fond memories as a child going there with my Mother.


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