Century 21 (department store)

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Century 21 Department Stores, Inc.
Industry Retail
Founded 1961 (1961)
Headquarters New York City
Key people
Raymond Gindi, Chief Operating Officer
Products Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, electronics and housewares.
Owner Gindi family
Website c21stores.com

Century 21 is a chain of department stores in the northeastern United States. There are stores located in Brooklyn (NY), Long Island/Westbury (NY), Morristown (NJ), Paramus (NJ), Rego Park/Queens (NY), Lincoln Square/Upper West Side (NY), Jersey Gardens/Elizabeth (NJ), and Center City Philadelphia (PA). The largest location is in Lower Manhattan, across the street from the World Trade Center.[1]

The Century 21 department store chain is unrelated to Century 21 Real Estate, pre-dating that firm by ten years.


Century 21 Sign
Inside Century 21

The company was founded in 1961, by Sonny Gindi , Ralph Gindi, and Al Gindi.[2] 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.[3]

The Century 21 flagship location is in Lower Manhattan. The store became an emotional flashpoint during and after the September 11 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.[4][5]

On October 28, 2014 the firm opened its first location outside of the greater New York area, housed on 2 floors of the former Strawbridge's flagship on Market Street in Center City Philadelphia.[6]


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