Denholm & McKay

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Denholm & McKay
Industry Retail
Fate Bankruptcy
Successor Forbes & Wallace
Founded 1871
Defunct 1973
Headquarters Worcester, Massachusetts
Products Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, and housewares.
Website None

Denholm & McKay Co. was a department store located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The store was a dominant retailer in Central Massachusetts. The store was popularly known as Denholm's or the Boston Store. The company was founded by William Alexander Denholm in 1870. Denholm purchased the dry-goods business of Finley, Lawson, & Kennedy located on the corner of Main and Mechanic street in Worcester. He partnered with Bostonian William C. McKay, which proved to be very successful. In twelve years Denholm and McKay had grown into a retailing giant. That year, the company moved into a new huge quarters specially built for them.[1] Denholm's held a reputation as the biggest store of its kind in New England outside Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. In 1954 the old victorian style facade from 1882 was replaced with a new ultra-modern one, which remains mostly the same today. In 1971 Denholm's opened its first and only branch at the Auburn Mall, just south of Worcester in Auburn, Massachusetts. In 1969 Gladdings Department Store of Providence merged with Denholm & Mckay. Both stores closed in 1973 due to bankruptcy. The store in downtown Worcester was converted into an office complex, but still bears the Denholm name. The store in the Auburn Mall was converted into a Forbes & Wallace of Springfield, Massachusetts.


  1. ^ Pierce, Franklin Rice. Worcester of eighteen hundred and ninety-eight: fifty years a city. Worcester, MA: F.S. Blanchard & Company Publishers, 1899. Print.

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