John A. Brown (department store)

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John A. Brown
Department store
Industry Retail
Fate Acquired by Dillard's
Founded 1932
Founder John A. Brown and John H. Dunkin
Defunct 1984
Headquarters Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

John A. Brown was an Oklahoma-based department store chain. The department store had its start in 1915, when the Rorabaugh Company acquired Brock's Dry Goods in Oklahoma City, and soon changed its name to Rorabaugh-Brown Dry Goods Co. John A. Brown was acquired by the Dayton Hudson Corporation (now Target Corporation) in 1971, and continued to operate under the John A. Brown name until the chain was once again acquired by Dillard's in 1984.[1]

The store's original location was in downtown Oklahoma City, and opened in the 1930s. Its location was bounded by Harvey and Robinson on the west and east, and Park and Main on the north and south.[2]

The company also operated many other stores throughout Oklahoma. These include locations that are either standalone or in outdoor shopping centers, such as one at Campus Corner in Norman and one in Oklahoma City's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The chain opened stores in enclosed shopping malls in its later years, including Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall, and Crossroads Mall in Oklahoma City, as well as Woodland Hills Mall, Utica Square Mall and Promenade Mall in Tulsa.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Doug Dawgz Blog: John A. Brown's". 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  2. ^ "John A. Brown Department Store". Retrieved 2008-12-24. 

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