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The Belk brothers' department stores
When Henry and John Belk opened their first department store in Charlotte in 1895, the idea of buying everything under one roof -- and always for cash, not store credit -- was new to consumers. This excerpt from the history of Belk, Inc., tells the story of Henry Belk, his first store in Monroe, and the Belk Bros. stores in downtown Charlotte. Excerpted from Howard E. Covington, Jr., Belk, Inc.: The Company and the Family that Built It (Charlotte: Belk, Inc., 2002), pp. 10–12, 18–19, 20, 23–24, 25–27, 29–30.