Dey Brothers, Syracuse, New York

Dey Brothers built a large store on the corner of
South Salina and Jefferson Streets in 1904

As business expanded, the store occupied adjacent
buildings along South Salina and Jefferson as well.

In 1913, a taller addition extended the store to
Warren Street

In the late 1960s, the store remodeled and covered its
exterior in aluminum panels for a "modern" look.

Dey Brothers & Company (1883)
401 South Salina Street
Syracuse, New York

GR 4-2711


Erie Room Restaurant • Dey Brothers Budget Store

Street Floor
Fine Jewelry • Jewelry • Watches • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • Accessories • Neckwear • Handkerchiefs • Hosiery • Gloves • Cosmetics • Hat Bar • Avenue Shooes • Thriftmode Sportswear • Thriftmode Lingerie • Bra Bar • Notions • Stationery • Books • Candy • Fine Foods • Photo and Camera Shop
The Man's Store Men's Continental Corner • Men's Furnishings • Men's Sportswear • Men's Clothing • The Bootery • Boys' Shoes • In Gear

Second Floor
Thriftmode Dresses • Casual Dresses • Half-Size Shop • Uniforms • New Yorker Dresses • New Yorker Sportswear • Coats • Dress Salon • Nite Life Shop • Coat Salon • Sport Shop • Fur Salon • Contempora Dresses • Pacesetter Shop • Specialty Shop • Bridal Salon • Shoe Salon • Millinery • Wig Salon • Maternity Shop
Dibi Shop Dibi Junior Sportswear • Dibi Junior Dresses • Dibi Junior COats

Third Floor
Beauty Salon • Intimate Apparel • Sleepwear • Robe Shop • Slimwear Salon • Fabric Center • White Sewing Center • Art Needlework • Infants' Shop • Toddlers' Shop • Children's Underwear • Girls' Lingerie • Girls' Shop • Sub-Teen Shop • Teen Shop • Boys' Shop • Children's Shoes • Photo Studio

Fourth Floor
China • Gift Shop • Silver • Housewares • Garden Shop • Luggage • Health Shop • Music Shop • Sporting Goods • The Ski Shop • Toys • Bicycles

Fifth Floor
Linens • Domestics • Bath Shop • Draperies • Slipcovers • Hassocks • Pillows • Trim-A-Home Shop • Appliance Center • Customer Service

Sixth Floor
Furniture • Bedding • Lamps • Graphics and Paintings • Carpet Center • Oriental Rugs • Summer Furniture • Offices


Shoppingtown (1962)
The Erie Room

Fairmount Fair (1965)
120,000 sq. ft.

Tri-County Mall (1971)


  1. I have a Dey Brothers Catalog circa 1966 (Christmas) in it is a young Martha Stewart from her modeling days in a handful of pictures. She doesn't look much different.

  2. This was a great store. It was always a joy to go to the enormous downtown Syracuse flagship and it was as much a Syracuse tradition as anything else in that grand old city. I also clearly remember the "Store For Homes" in Shoppingtown Mall (when it was a strip mall along Erie Boulevard in suburban DeWitt). It was Dey's first suburban venture in the early 1960's and it eventually became a full department store. It still stands but is now a Sears store and is a short walk through the mall from a former EW Edwards store. Dey Brothers was credit to Syracuse and sold quality products. I still have several Dey Brothers shopping bags. I have wonderful memories of the store that helped give Syracuse a positive identity. Oh--Deys really did attempt to expand. It had a satellite store as far away as Glens Falls, NY (north of Albany--in the Adirondacks). I wish Syracuse still had Dey Brothers. It is now a Macys.

  3. My parents took me Christmas shopping in downtown Syracuse around 1970 or 71. It was pretty exciting at the time for my 8 year old mind seeing the stores all decorated for the holidays. We stopped at Dey Bros. and Edwards, it was a great time. Shortly after that all the malls in the area shot up and killed downtown.
    I'm glad to see that section having a revival the last few years.

  4. Dey Brothers downtown was my very first job out of High School. I was the youngest employee on staff between 1978 and 1980 and made a lot of very close friends. To this day I still recieve a Christmas card from the Lady who ran and managed the gift wrap department that was located on the first floor near the rear (warren street exit) of the store. I will always remember Deys and the many friends and memories I made while working there.
    John Sobotka jr,
    Cicero, New York

  5. Fond memories of shopping with my late Mom at Dey Brother's. She'd get her hair done on Saturday's and then I'd meet her at the Jewelry counter at Dey's and we'd have lunch in the Erie Room, the chicken croquettes were the best!

  6. Spent a lot of time shopping at Dey Brothers because my parents worked at other left behind retailers downtown. I also have fond memories of servicing the fabric departments in three of the four stores up to the end. Mr Moss ran the fabric department in the Downtown store with a nice lady who's name now escapes me. I still remember using the long escalators.
    Miss you Dey's.

  7. What was the name of the sporting goods store right near the corner of Salina and Onondaga, across from the Chimes Building?

    1. The name of the store I belive was Wilson Sporting Goods.

  8. I was only sixteen when I started working for Dey Brothers. They have always been my favorite company to work second family.

  9. I had many unforgettable years, decorating the store, and trimming the front and side windows,
    Loved my job ,wished I had pictures of some of the great display's. It took a long time to get over that store closing, still miss those day;s
    Tina S

  10. My picture was done at Dey Brothers when I was 3 years old (69-70) and put in the store window. I have been looking for a picture of it. Can you help me??

  11. 1966 Dey Brothers opened it's new suburban store in Dewitt. I remember going for my interview wearing a yellow dress, high heels and white gloves! I worked in the Mens' Clothing Department and it was my first job. The new sales staff was hired prior to the grand opening and were responsible for unpacking and displaying stock in their respective departments. It was a lot of work but helped to familiarize us with the merchandise. We had a wonderful Dept. Manager and should he ever see this, I hope he knows what a positive influence we was on so many of his young staff. It was a wonderful and educational experience.

  12. I have a vintage Dey Brothers and Co. hat box. I was thinking of selling it, since I don't have any memories of the store. I imagine it is from prior to the merger, since the name was not one with the merger names.