Britt's Department Store

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Britt's Department Store was an American department store chain that existed between 1962 and 1982. It was an upscale version and division of the JJ Newberry 5 and 10 chain. Britts originated in the Pacific Northwest during the early years of the 20th century. It was acquired by the JJ Newberry chain in December 1928, with all Britts stores being rebranded as JJ Newberry locations.

The Britts name was revived by Newberry's in the early 1960s for a discount store chain. Stores were opened from California to Maine between then and the 1970s.

During the civil rights Birmingham campaign, civil rights activists organized sit-ins at the segregated lunch counters in Britt's Department Stores, which led to the arrest of 20 protesters.[1]


  1. ^ Kondrashov, Stanislav (1981). The Life and Death of Martin Luther King. Progress Publishers. 

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