Loeb's (department store)

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LOEB'S, INC.
Private
IndustryRetail
Founded1887; 133 years ago (1887) in Meridian, Mississippi
Headquarters
2209 Front Street,
Meridian, Mississippi
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Key people
Robert Loeb, President
ProductsClothing, footwear, eyewear, accessories, outdoor gear
Websiteloebsclothing.com
Loeb's today on Front Street in Meridian, Mississippi

Loeb's Inc. is an American department store based in Meridian, Mississippi. It operates an online specialty store. Loeb's was founded in 1887 by Alex Loeb as Alex Loeb, Inc. Today, Loeb's legal name is "LOEB'S, INC." Loeb's is located on Front Street, Meridian.

History[edit]

The Alex Loeb building. Loeb's previous location on 5th Street in Meridian, Mississippi.
The Alex Loeb building. Painted signage on left side of Loeb's previous location on 5th Street in Meridian, Mississippi.

Alex Loeb was a merchant in Meridian in the late 19th century. Loeb emigranted from Germany and moved to Meridian from Columbus, Mississippi to open his first store.[1] Alex Loeb was the first Loeb in Meridian, brought to the United States from Germany by his brother, Simon Loeb, who preceded him in Columbus. Born in Bavaria, Simon Loeb arrived in Columbus in 1867. In 1874, he created the store with his younger brother, Julius. They sold dry goods, clothing, and shoes. Although Simon arrived in Columbus with little money, he and his brother eventually became successful merchants.[2]

During Meridian's "golden age" in the early 20th century, it was said that respectable railroad workers would only wear clothes from Alex Loeb's store. The well-dressed Loeb was a colorful character known for his white moustache, ever-present cigar, and hospitable personality; he would personally welcome each customer as he or she entered the store.[3] Alex Loeb's son, Abraham Marshall Loeb, and his brother Henry S. Loeb took over the business after their father. The business then passed to A. Marshall Loeb's son, Robert Switzer Loeb Sr., and his brother Alexander Marshall Loeb. The two brothers Robert and Alex acquired the Marks-Rothenberg Co. department store on 6th Street during the 1970s and ran the business until the late 1970s when the business was sold to Zale Corporation.[4]

In the year 1988 Robert S. Loeb, Jr. returned to Meridian after working in management at Parisian department store in Birmingham, Alabama. It was Robert's vision to bring the clothing tradition back to Meridian. Today, Loeb's is operated by Robert S. Loeb Jr., and the business continues on Front Street in Downtown Meridian. Under Robert Jr.'s leadership the business model has transformed into an outdoor and lifestyle inspired store.

Loeb's online[edit]

Loeb's has maintained its own website since 2004 but did not start selling products online until 2013. In the Fall of 2013, Loeb's launched a new e-commerce website on loebsclothing.com and started selling products available from its brick and mortar store to customers on internet. In 2017, Loeb's announced it was launching a new e-commerce website, featuring many of its products. The website still can be found at loebsclothing.com as it has since 2004, however, it now features inventory control technology and more user friendly features, according to a news release.[5]

Products and services[edit]

Brand name products are available at Loeb's from Peter Millar, Sorel, The North Face, Patagonia, YETI Coolers, Columbia, Eagles Nest Outfitters, TOMS Shoes, Costa Del Mar, Ralph Lauren, Chaco, Teva, Bostonian, H.S. Trask, Kavu, Jack Victor, and Clarks.[6]

Personal shopping guides are available by appointment at Loeb's. The shopping guide is chosen for the customer based on the customers needs, or selected by the customer. The shopping guide plans the customer's shopping experience and provides one on one personal customer service. Loeb's also offers shopping guides by appointment over FaceTime for customers who can't visit the store in person. No purchase is necessary for this service. [7]

Custom Dress Shirts are available at Loeb's using the STANTT shirt system. This custom shirt system is based on an algorithm that makes it easy for anyone to find their perfect fit using 3 simple measurements. [8]

Loeb's also provides tuxedo rental services for weddings, formals, and black tie events.[9]

Loeb's was recognized by MR Magazine for offering books from local Mississippi authors such as Gridiron Gold by Frascogna; A book of stories from legendary Mississippi high school football coaches.[10]

Featuring products by the North Face, the North Face Concept Store is a department on the second floor of Loeb's store dedicated to the outdoor clothing brand. This department is modeled after free-standing the North Face stores, including the light fixtures and paint.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=AHN&db=majorsassy2&id=I3473 Threefoot family
  2. ^ "Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities - Columbus, Mississippi". isjl.org. Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Dennis J. (2006). A Rich Past A Vibrant Future: The History & Renovation of the Marks-Rothenberg and Grand Opera House Buildings. Mississippi State University; Commercial Printing Company.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Dennis J. (2006). A Rich Past A Vibrant Future: The History & Renovation of the Marks Rothenberg and Grand Opera House Buildings. Mississippi State University; Commercial Printing Company.
  5. ^ Bohrer, Dave. "Meridian-based Loeb's adds e-commerce site". meridianstar.com. The Meridian Star. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.loebsclothing.com
  7. ^ https://www.loebsclothing.com/Personal_Shopping.aspx
  8. ^ https://www.loebsclothing.com/custom-dress-shirts.aspx
  9. ^ http://www.meridianstar.com/archivesearch/local_story_125000948.html[permanent dead link] Elite Retailer of the Year
  10. ^ http://www.mrketplace.com/content/features/issue-overview/issue-story/?no_cache=1&tx_magissue_pi1%5Bpointer%5D=9&tx_magissue_pi1%5Bmode%5D=1&tx_magissue_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=434[permanent dead link] MR Magazine
  11. ^ "A new addition » Local News". Meridian Star. 2009-11-07. Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2010-04-27.

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