When was the first Department Store opened?
An Irish immigrant in New York opened a business on Broadway called the
Marble Dry-Goods Palace in 1846. This was the first Department Store. The
Palace was the first to bring together a huge range of produce and was so
successful that it soon covered a whole block on Broadway and had a staff
of two thousand. By 1862, Stewart relocated to an eight-storey building
near by and renamed it A.T. Stewart’s Cast-Iron Palace. This was (and for
many years remained) the largest retail operation in the world.