May Company California

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This article is about the Los Angeles based department store chain that was eventually merged to form Robinson-Mays. For the St. Louis based holding company, see The May Department Stores Company.
May Company California
Department store
Industry Retail
Fate Merged with J.W. Robinson's
Successor Robinson's-May (1993)
Macy's (2006)
Founded 1881 Los Angeles, California
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Products Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, and housewares.
Christmas advertisement for Hamburger's Department Store, Los Angeles, 1905
The May Company terrazzo at the entrance of the company's flagship department store in downtown Los Angeles

May Company California was a chain of department stores operating in Southern California and Nevada, with headquarters in North Hollywood, California. It was a subsidiary of May Department Stores and merged with May's other Southern California subsidiary, J. W. Robinson's, in 1993 to form Robinsons-May.

May Company California was established in 1923 when May acquired A. Hamburger & Sons Co.[1] (founded in 1881 by Asher Hamburger). The company operated exclusively in Southern California until 1989 when May Department Stores had dissolved Goldwater's, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and transferred its Las Vegas, Nevada store to May Company California.

The May Company store which was in Whittier, California, at The Quad at Whittier opened in 1965 and closed on March 31, 1987, just six months before the Whittier Narrows Earthquake which took place at 7:42 a.m. October 1, 1987. The store's three-level parking structure fell almost flat to the ground as a result of this quake, and the store itself suffered internal damage but remained intact until its controlled implosion (via dynamite) a few years later.

Two well-known stores were the flagship Downtown store on 8th Street between Broadway and Hill streets, and the May Company Wilshire at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The 1926 garage building at 9th and Hill Streets was one of the nation's first parking structures (Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 1001). The Wilshire location has been featured in several vintage films, including Behave Yourself!


May Company California can trace its roots to the store that Asher Hamburger and his sons Moses, David and Solomon had established in Los Angeles after their recent move from Sacramento. This store first opened on October 29, 1881, in a 20-by-75-foot room on Main Street near Requena Street and was original known as The People's Store.[2][3] In a short time, the store expanded into adjacent store fronts. Within three years, the store had moved to a larger location on Spring Street.[4]

By the start of the 20th century, A. Hamburger & Sons had even outgrown the Spring Street location, which had 520 employees working on five floors.[5] The Hamburger family decided to build a much larger store at the southeast corner of Broadway and Eighth, a location that was outside of then current retail district. Construction started in 1905 with a grand opening held in 1908.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] This location, which was also known as the Great White Store, was the largest department store building west of Chicago at the time and would eventually became the flagship location for the May Company California. At the time that the Great White Store was opened, the store could boast of having one of the first escalators on the West Coast, several restaurants, a drug store, grocery store, bakery, fruit store, meat market, U.S. post office, telegraph office, barber shop, a dentist, a chiropractor, a medical doctor, an auditorium, an electricity and steam power plant in the basement that was large enough to support a city of 50,000 inhabitants, a private volunteer 120 men fire brigade,[19][20] 13 acres of retail space, and 1200 employees.[9][21][22][23][24][25] The Los Angeles Public Library was also located on the third floor from 1908 until it was forced to move to a larger location when it outgrew the Hamburger space by 1913.[26][27][28] For a short time, Woodbury Business College briefly was also located on the fifth floor.[29]

In 1925, the Hamburgers sold their store to the May family of St. Louis for $8.5 million.[30][31] Thomas and Wilbur Mays, sons of the founder of the May Company, were sent to manage the former Hamburger store. One of the first things that they did was to expand the store again by building adjacent additions on the other parts of the city block.[32][33] After several more years, the May Company store eventually occupied almost the entire block between Broadway and Hill and between 8th and 9th Streets. The old Hamburger store was officially renamed the May Company in 1927.[34][35]

To keep pace with the extreme growth in population within Southern California during the Great Depression, May Company opened the first branch store in 1939 on Wilshire at Fairfax at a cost of $2 million.[36][37][38]

After World War II, a second branch store was completed in 1947 on Crenshaw.[39][40] A proposed store in Hollywood that was planned at the same time was never built.[39][41][42]

A third branch store opened in Lakewood[43][44][45] in 1952, followed by stores in North Hollywood[46] in 1955, West Covina[47][48] in 1957, and South Bay[49][50] in 1959.

The end of the 1950s saw May Company's expansion into the San Diego market with the opening of its eighth store at Mission Valley[51][52] in 1960. Other stores that followed during the 1960s included Buena Park[53][54] in 1962, Canoga Park[55][56] in 1964, West Los Angeles[57][58] in 1964, Whittier[59][60][61][62] in 1964, Costa Mesa[63][64] in 1966, Arcadia[65][66] in 1966, San Bernardino[67][68] in 1966, Montclair[69][70] in 1968, and Carlsbad[71][72] in 1969.

During the 1970s, stores were opened in Oxnard[73][74] in 1970, El Cajon[75] in 1972, Riverside[76][77] in 1973, Eagle Rock[78][79][80][81] in 1973, Orange, Westminster[82] in 1974, Culver City[83][84] in 1975, Brea, Thousand Oaks[85][86] in 1978, Mission Viejo[87][88][89] in 1979 and La Jolla[90] in 1979.

During the next decade, stores were opened in Sherman Oaks[91] in 1980, Pasadena[92] in 1980, National City in 1981, Palm Desert in 1983, Montebello[93] in 1985, and Escondido[94][95][96] in 1986.

After a long period of declining sales, the original Downtown flagship store at 8th and Broadway was closed and replaced by a smaller store at Seventh Market Place[97][98] in 1986. The parent company had previously relocated the main corporate offices for the May Company California division from the former Hamburger Building to the North Hollywood store at Laurel Plaza in 1983.[99]

A new store was open in Bakersfield in 1988, while a store in Las Vegas was acquired from sister company Goldwater's in 1989 when parent company May Department Stores decided to cut costs by consolidating divisions.[100] The Las Vegas store is the only location in which a pre-existing store was acquired from another organization instead of being built from scratch.

In the early 1990s, new stores were opened in Santa Ana [101][102][103] in 1990, Valencia[104][105] in 1992, and finally Moreno Valley.

At the same time, under-performing stores were closed in Arcadia[106] in 1988, and Orange[107] in 1991.

On October 17, 1992, May Company California's parent, May Department Stores, announced the merger of May Company California with its sister company J.W. Robinson's to form Robinson-May, thus ending the May Company California existence.[108][109][110] It was also announced that the Wilshire store along with the stores in West Covina, Buena Park, Santa Ana, and San Bernardino were scheduled to close by the end of January 1993.

During the early part of this division existence, May Company was also the developer of some other early shopping centers and malls which grew around the initially stand-alone stores, with the Crenshaw location being the first example.

The first May Company store, the original Hamburger's, at Broadway and 8th in downtown Los Angeles was closed when it was replaced by the just opened 7th Market Place store in 1986.[97] This building is designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 459. Since its sale, the building is primary used by small clothing manufacturing companies.[111] In 2013, the then current owners were trying to sell the building since the surrounding area is being actively redeveloped.[112] It was announced in April 2014 that Waterbridge Capital agreed to purchase the property, but had not given out too many details on how they might go about to develop it.[113][114]

During the 1980s, the parent corporation tried to replace the iconic Wilshire store for several years by getting involved with mall development at Farmers Market.[115] However the development that eventually became The Grove at Farmers Market was delayed for nearly two decades. The St. Louis-based parent company eventually withdrew from the project and the Wilshire store was never replaced when May Company California was later merged with Robinson in 1993. After closing, the Streamline Moderne style building was sold to Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1994[116] and is currently slated to house The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.[citation needed]

Reference in popular culture[edit]

On the Jack Benny radio and television programs, Benny was said to have met his girlfriend Mary Livingstone (played by his real-life wife, Mary) at the May Company when she worked there.[117] This is one of the few instances in radio or television history where a real business was made part of the story. (Jack and Mary Benny actually met through friends and not at a department store.[118])


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  69. ^ "Montclair Shopping Center to Be Built". Los Angeles Times, April 10, 1966, Page M6. Link via ProQuest.
  70. ^ "$40 Million Plaza Opens in Montclair". Los Angeles Times, August 8, 1968, Page SG2. Link via ProQuest.
  71. ^ "$13 Million Carlsbad Shopping Center to Serve North San Diego County". Los Angeles Times, November 10, 1968, Page E1. Link via ProQuest.
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  93. ^ "$95-Million Montebello Shopping Center to Open". Los Angeles Times, September 15, 1985.
  94. ^ "Shoppers to Harvest Long-Awaited Goods at North County Mall". Los Angeles Times, February 02, 1986.
  95. ^ "North County Fair Opens: A Tale of Two Malls: The Parking Lots Tell the Story". Los Angeles Times, February 21, 1986.
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  100. ^ "Robinson's Chain to Take Over Five Goldwaters Stores". Los Angeles Times, January 07, 1989.
  101. ^ "MainPlace/Santa Ana Plans to Grow, Add Anchor Store". Los Angeles Times, May 20, 1989.
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  103. ^ "MainPlace Mall Will Quietly Open New Wing". Los Angeles Times, November 01, 1990.
  104. ^ "Birth of a Mall: Ballyhoo Marks a Long-Awaited Groundbreaking in Santa Clarita". Los Angeles Times, September 13, 1991.
  105. ^ "Valencia's New Mall Opens With Burst of Fanfare and Optimism". Los Angeles Times, September 25, 1992.
  106. ^ "Vons Set to Move Its Headquarters". Los Angeles Times, September 17, 1988.
  107. ^ "May Co. to Pull Out of The City Mall Next Month: Retailing: Loss of one of the mall's two anchor stores spurs owners' search for new ways to attract new customers". Los Angeles Times, June 25, 1991.
  108. ^ "Robinson's, May Co. to Merge Stores: Economy: Twelve Southland locations will close and 550 people will be laid off in the cost-cutting move". Los Angeles Times, October 17, 1992.
  109. ^ "Robinson's-May Co. Reorganization: Expansion Plans". Los Angeles Times, October 18, 1992.
  110. ^ "Store Closures No Surprise--and Neither Is the Pain: Retailing: The demise of May Co. in West Covina and Robinson's in Pasadena isn't a fatal blow to the local economy, but some merchants fear the worst--and shopping will never be the same for some customers". Los Angeles Times, October 22, 1992.
  111. ^ "Council Urged to Override Veto of Building Proposal: Downtown: Community activists say conversion of former May Co. edifice into garment-making plant would provide jobs for thousands of unskilled laborers". Los Angeles Times, November 01, 1991.
  112. ^ "Massive former May Co. store in downtown L.A. comes on market; The sellers are expected to seek $120 million or more for the century-old, 1.1-million-square-foot building in the old movie theater district on Broadway". Los Angeles Times, July 04, 2013.
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  117. ^ See, for example, the television episode "Mary's May Company Reunion," aired April 7, 1957,
  118. ^ Mary Livingstone, Hilliard Marks, and Marcia Borie, Jack Benny, New York: Doubleday, 1978.