Crate&Barrel launches walk-in rewards NATIONALLY! To celebrate, get k300 for walking in today & tomorrow at Crate&Barrel stores in America. LIKE this post if you like walk-ins available nationwide at our partner stores.
Crate & Barrel is a 170+ store chain of American retail stores, based in Northbrook, Illinois, specializing in housewares, furniture (indoor and out), and home accessories. Its corporate name is Euromarket Designs, Inc. and it is majority-owned by Otto GmbH.
a poster circa 1960 depicting Crate and Barrel (in the center of the image) in Old Town, Chicago.
Gordon and Carole Segal opened the first Crate and Barrel store on December 7 1962, at age 23. The 1,700-square-foot (160 m2) space in part of an old elevator factory was located on Wells Street in the then-bohemian Old Town neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The inspiration was their honeymoon in Europe, where the Segals became interested in providing functional yet aesthetically pleasing products to young couples just starting out. Surprised to see that Europe had many beautiful and durable products at reasonable prices, they were inspired to start their own store in the United States.
The first store opened in response to a flourishing of world trade in home furnishings due to the early 1960s round of talks about the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. The Segals sought out small European companies that were not represented in America and negotiated direct purchases from these factories that could be sold to the consumer while avoiding a wholesaler’s markup. To this day, a majority of Crate & Barrel’s products are direct imports from Europe, though Thai, Mexican and Indian glass and textiles can also be found in their stores.
The Segals derived the company name by the materials that they originally used to display items in their Chicago store. The Segals were originally going to call their company “Barrel and Crate”, but a friend suggested that they reverse the order of the words. They turned over the crates and barrels that the merchandise came in, let the wood excelsior spew out, and stacked up the china and glass. This helped emphasize their strongest selling point, that their products were direct imports.
In 1966, Segal and the designer Lon Habkirk visited the Design Research store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which had an “enormous influence” on their retailing approach. Habkirk later remarked: “Eventually we took the whole idea and translated it into a reproducible formula.
In 1968, the Segals opened their second store in the Plaza del Lago shopping center in suburban Wilmette, Illinois, and third in Oak Brook, Illinois in 1971. Its first store outside the Chicago area opened in Boston in 1977. In 1979, it opened its second Cambridge, Massachusetts store in the building designed for the recently-closed Design Research, which they had so admired.
By 1985, the chain had grown to 17 stores, and has continued to grow. In March 1995, it opened its first New York location (its 58th location), in Manhattan. After selling a majority stake to German mail order company the Otto Group in 1998, the company had financing to increase its rate of expansion. By 2002, it had grown to approximately 100 locations, and over 135 locations by late 2004.
Today there are over 170 stores in the United States.
In September 2008, Crate and Barrel opened its first location outside the United States, at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, Canada. A new two story 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) building, similar to other newly opened stores in the U.S., was constructed. Future international expansion in Canada and possibly other countries is also reportedly planned. A second Canadian store, in Calgary, opened in October 2009. A third Canadian store opened in Mississauga, Ontario, on October 28, 2010, at Square One Shopping Centre. The next Canadian store is expected to open in the fall of 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta at Southgate Shopping Centre.
In the fall of 2009, the company reported plans to open two stores in Dubai in 2010 via a franchise agreement with Al Tayer Group.
Crate&Barrel launches walk-in rewards NATIONALLY! To celebrate, get k300 for walking in today & tomorrow at Crate&Barrel stores in America. LIKE this post if you like walk-ins available nationwide at our partner stores
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320 Town Ctr, Corte Madera
530 Stanford Shopping Ctr, Palo Alto
301 Santana Row, San Jose
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1115 Broadway Plz, Walnut Creek
1167 Galleria Blvd, Roseville
7007 Friars Rd, San Diego
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101 Clayton Ln, Denver
1 Flatiron Cir, Broomfield
8505 Park Meadows Center Dr, Lone Tree
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1200 Post Road East, Westport
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600 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach
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646 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
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1775 Lake Cook Rd, Northbrook
35 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook
40 Old Orchard Shopping Ctr, Skokie
760 North Martingale Road, Schaumburg
8702 Keystone Xing, Indianapolis
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2270 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis
825 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson
7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda
777 Boylston St, Boston
75 Middlesex Tpke, Burlington
199 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill
98 Derby St, Hingham
1045 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
1245 Worcester St, Natick
250 Granite St, Braintree
2801 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy
3503 Galleria, Edina
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630 Commons Way, Bridgewater
504 N State Rt 17, Paramus
1200 Morris Tpke, Short Hills
2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill
611 Broadway, New York
650 Madison Ave, New York
1950 Northern Blvd, Manhasset
125 Westchester Ave, White Plains
4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte
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3104 Knox St, Dallas
4006 Westheimer Rd, Houston
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2680 Ne 49th St, Seattle
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