Century 21 (department store)
|Headquarters||New York City, United States|
Number of locations
|13 (Manhattan, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Westbury, NY, Morristown, NJ, Paramus, NJ, Pittsburgh, PA, Queens, NY, Upper West Side, Elizabeth, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Sunrise, FL, Staten Island, NY and Yonkers, NY)|
|Raymond Gindi, CEO|
|Products||Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, electronics and housewares.|
|Revenue||Private Company - Unknown|
The company was founded in 1961, by Sonny Gindi, Ralph Gindi, and Al Gindi. The original store is located at 472 86th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Founder Al Gindi's son, Raymond Gindi, currently serves as Century 21's chief operating officer.
The Century 21 flagship location is at 22 Cortland St. in Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America. It occupies the base of a 34 story office tower. The store became an emotional flashpoint during and after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The store was evacuated after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, and the interior was heavily damaged from the collapse of the Twin Towers. Initially it was not certain that the store would be rebuilt, but the owners opted to remain at the same site and the store was renovated and reopened in the summer of 2002. Thousands of people waited hours on the morning of the reopening so they could have a sales receipt from that day.
They also opened a location at the Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, FL.
- The New York Times articles linking Century 21 to the World Trade Center
- Jewish Voice New York: "Sonny Gindi, Founder of Century 21 Department Store, Dies at 88" By Fern Sidman June 20, 2012
- Philadelphia Inquirer: "Will buyers flock to Philadelphia's Century 21?" By Elizabeth Wellington April 30, 2014
- The New York Times "A Beloved Store Was a Casualty Too" October 14, 2001
- The New York Times "Century 21, A Downtown Fixture, Reopens to Cheers" March 1, 2002
- Philadelphia Inquirer: "Shoppers check out Century 21, new Center City department store" By Erin Arvedlund October 25, 2014