M. O'Neill Co., Akron, Ohio

The M. O'Neil Co. (1877/1927)
226 S. Main St.
Akron, Ohio

BL-1 1311

Lower Level Parking Deck
Garden Shop (D.20A)

State Street Lower Level
Health and Beauty Aids (D.107) • Shoe Clinic
O'Neil's Budget Store  Budget Grille

Street Floor FIne Jewelry (D.870)  Diamonds • Fashion Jewelry  Fashion Handbags (D.38, 169) • Leather Goods (D.139)  Belts (D.13)  Gloves (D.12)  Fashion Hosiery (D.14)  Miss O'Nil Blouses (D.9)  Miss O'Neil Lingerie (D.72, 39)  Millinery (D.74)  Wigs (D.154)  Cosmetics (D.3) • Notions (D.45) • Stationery (D.17)

State Street Level
Books (D.19) • Coin and Stamp Center • Major Appliances (D.21) • Women's Shoes  Forecast Shoe Salon  Miss O'Neil Sportswear (D.144)  Miss O'Neil Dresses (D.84)  Miss O'Neil Coats (D.151)  Miss O'Neil Shoes (D.27)  Miss O'Neil Junior (D.127)  Flower Shop  The Oak Grille  The Pronto • Sweet Things
Men's Store Men's Accessories (D.126)  Men's Furnishings (D.7)  Men's Sportswear (D.118)  Students' Shop (D.58)  Men's Clothing (D.8)  Men's Shoes (D.57)  Men's Hats (D.56)  

North Balcony
Commercial Stationery (D.121)

South Balcony
Optical Center (D.842)

Second Floor
Fashion Fabrics (D.2) • Patterns  Art Needlework (D.11)  Domestics (D.18)  Linens • Gifts (D.62)  Home Entertainment Center (D.119,131) • Records  Camera Center (D.32)  Luggage (D.34) • Sporting Goods (D.65) • The Georgian Room  Auditorium
Children's World Cradle Shop  Children's Shoes (D.66)  Children's Accessories D.126)  Toys  Boys' Furnishings (D.46)  Boys' Clothing (D.15)  Little Boys' Clothing (D.26)  Girls' Clothing (D.50)  Pigtail Shop  The Groove (D.78)  

Third Floor
Fashion Intimates Loungewear (D.61) • Intimate Apparel (D.39)  Sleepwear (D.72)
Junior World Junior Sportswear • Junior Dresses  Junior Coats  
Daytime Dresses (D.80)  Sportswear (D.63)  Plus-Size Sportswear  Cosmopolitan Shop (D.158)  Coats (D.77, 85)  Young Signature Shop  The Collections (D.152)  Forecast Salon  Forecast Coat and Suit Salon  Forecast Boutique •Suburbia Casuals (D.68)  Fur Salon (D.81) • Bridal Salon  Millinery (D.154)  Shoe Gallery (D.67)  Beauty Salon • Canned Ego • Photographic Studio

Fourth Floor
Curtains and Draperies (D.54) • Housewares (D.20)  Paints (D.20)  Small Appliances (D.43)  Bath Boutique  Fashion Floor Covering (D.23)  Pictures and Mirrors (D.830)  Silverware (D.47)  China (D.35)  Rental Service • Trim-A-Tree Shop

Fifth Floor
Fashion Furniture (D.181)  Bedding (D.179)  Lamps (D.55)  Pianos and Organs  Showplace on Five

Sixth Floor
Employment Office

Cuyahoga Falls
2104 Front Street
1944/September 10, 1948

176 Lincoln Way East
January 30, 1945/
February 1, 1957
20,000 s.f.
(acquired Stark Dry Goods Co.)

425-427 Main Street
July 19, 1946

25,000 s.f.

51-57 North Main Street
December 6, 1946

514 N. Tuscarawa Street
November 19, 1948

O'Neil - Sheffield Shopping Center
May 1, 1954
150,000 s.f.

408 East Main Street
1952/February 1, 1957
35.000 s.f.
(acquired Stark Dry Goods Co.)

Canton, Ohio
201 East Tuscarawa Street
February 1, 1957
100,000 s.f.
(acquired Stark Dry Goods Co.)

Canton - 30th Street
30th Street Plaza
February 1, 1957
50,000 s.f.
(acquired Stark Dry Goods Co.)

Fairlawn Plaza
August 10. 1962
35,000 s.f

Route 5 East of Stow
August 20, 1965
83,000 s.f.
Pronto Grille

Summit Mall
October 28,1965
131,000 s.f.
Georgian Room West

Chapel Hill
Brittain Road North of Rte 18
February 16, 1967
135,000 s.f.
The Hilltop Room

Mellett Mall
February 15,1968
116,000 s.f.

Richland Mall
October 16, 1969
135,000 s.f.
The Terrace

Belden Village
October 1, 1970
131,000 s.f.
The Terrace

Rolling Acres
90,000 s.f.
The Terrace

A. Polsky Co., Akron, Ohio

A. Polsky Co.
225 S. Main Street
Akron, Ohio

Full exhibit coming in due course.

The McAlpin Co., Cincinnati, Ohio

A  great new book by a
devoted Cincinnati author
that covers McAlpins's
Photo of the West 4th Street store, showing McAlpin's
two adjacent buildings, and the store's famous clock.
Advertising image of McAlpin's.
Where Fashion is Foremost
The McAlpin Co. (McAlpin's)
13 W. 4th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio (est. 1852)

DUnbar 1-4400

Lower Level
Housewares • Small Electrics • Paints  Trim-the-Home Shop • Sporting Goods  Toys

Main Floor
Jewelry • Fine Jewelry • Cosmetics • Handbags • Small Leather Goods • Gloves • Rainwear • Hosiery • Scuffs ‘n Socks • Neckwear  Accessories • Blouse Bar • Popular Sportswear • Popular Lingerie • Popular Foundations • Casual Dresses • Cameras • Stationery • Candy • Bakery Counter • Health & Beauty Aids • The Kopper Kettle
Gentleman's Corner Men’s Furnishings • Men’s Shoes • Men’s Clothing • Young Men’s Shop

Second Floor
Infants’ Wear • Nursery Furniture  Tots 'n Toddlers’ Shop • Girls’ Wear • Boys’ Wear • Children’s Shoes • Children’s Accessories • Tweenteen Shop • Maternity Shop • Uniforms • Fashion Fabrics • Necchi Sewing Center  Art Needlework • Linens • Bath Shop

Third Floor
Sportswear • Dresses • After Five Shop  Half-Size Dresses • Large-Size Sportswear • Coat Salon • Fur Salon • Contemporary Sportswear • Better Dresses • Better Sportswear • Designer Dresses • Designer Sportswear • Sophisticate Shop • Young Juniors • Junior Sportswear • Junior Dresses • Loungewear • Body fashions  Lingerie • Millinery • Wig Boutique  Beauty Salon

Fourth Floor
Rugs • Furniture • Draperies • Bedding

Fifth Floor
The Tea Room • Gentlemen’s Grill • Prime Rib • China • Silverware • Glassware • Gifts • Lamps • Pictures • Mirrors • Luggage • TVs/Stereo • Radios • Appliances

Sixth Floor
Offices • Personnel • Credit Office
(250,000 s.f.)

Central Avenue
(Acquired William T. Knott Company)
July 2, 1951
Western Hills
November 17, 1954
102,000 sq. ft.
The Kopper Kettle

Kenwood Plaza
September 20, 1956
240,000 sq. ft.
The Kopper Kettle

Cherry Grove Plaza
Sepember 24, 1959
126,000 s.f.
The Kopper Kettle

Middletown Plaza
November 5, 1959
80,000 s.f.

Harrodsburg Rd., Lexington KY
August 9, 1967
168,000 sq. ft.
The Kopper Kettle

Lexington Mall
Richmond Rd., Lexington KY
October 14, 1971
The Kopper Kettle

Northgate Mall
June 4, 1972
175,000 sq. ft.
The Kopper Kettle

Towne Mall
Rte. 122 & Dixie Hwy.
February 16, 1975 
The Kopper Kettle
Kenwood Home Furnishings Store
Kenwood Plaza
September 9, 1976
Crestview Mall
I-275 at Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills, KY
August 1, 1979

The Kopper Kettle

McAlpin's, one of Cincinnati's favorite department stores, was officially founded in 1852, when Cincinnati native George Washington McAlpin (1827-1890) became a partner in the Wholesale firm of John W. Ellis & Co, and the firm changed its name to Ellis, McAlpin & Co. McAlpin, one of three sons of Glasgow native Andrew McAlpin, attended Woodward High School and Cincinnati College before embarking on a business career in 1842 at the wholesale house of John Taylor in the Queen City.

In 1880, the company moved to a 5-story building at 13-17 West 4th Street, formerly occupied by the John Shillito Company.
13-17 West 4th Street
George W. McAlpin lived at a capacious mansion at 318 Lafayette Avenue known as Oak Hall. In addition to directing his own firm, he was a member of Cincinnati city council for 15 years, and a director of the First National Bank in his home town. McAlpin died on April 20, 1890. He had been in Old Point Comfort, Virginia, visiting his daughter, where he contracted a cold. After his return to CIncinnati he died suddenly at his home.

George McAlpin's younger brother WIlliam took over the company and in two years, converted it into a combined wholesale and retail firm. McAlpin's prospered under the Yale-educated William, who was for 16 years head of the Cincinnati YMCA and also served on the board of the University of Cincinnati. In 1887, he married Mattie Woodruff, a noted opera singer. From that time the couple was very active in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

WIlliam McAlpin died in 1899, and the store continued in popularity, expanding westard in 1901 into the adjacent six-story Morgan building. McAlpin's is one of few department stores to occupy the same buildings from its inception as a retail store throughout its whole life. 1901 saw the installation of McAlpin's famous clock on 4th Street.
McAlpin's Clock
McAlpin's became associated with the New York wholesale firm of H. B. Claflin & Co., and when that firm failed, the Cincinnati concern was thrown into receivership, ultimately emerging as a subsidiary of New York-based Mercantile Stores Corp. Under Mercantile leadership, it prospered, and the store was rebuilt in its 75th anniversary year of 1928. By the time of a further remodel in 1934, the company had 500 employees.
McAlpin's remodeled entrance in 1928
Escalators were first installed in the building in 1948, and McAlpin's celebrated its centenary in 1952. For a few years in the 1950s, Mercantile's other Cincinnati store, The Fair, was consolidated with McAlpin's familiar 4th Street store. The store was known as McAlpin's 6th Street, but closed in 1956. At the time of the consolidation in 1951, McAlpin's operated a small store in Paris, Kentucky, and acquired the Knott Store of Middletown, Ohio as a branch operation.

A pioneer in suburban branch development, McAlpin's opened stores in suburban shopping plazas, which were so popular that they were expanded multiple times. In 1967, the store entered the Lexington, Kentucky market and added a second store there four years later.
McAlpin's first suburban branch: Western Hills in 1954
A beloved member of Cincinnati's "big four" department stores, McAlpin's prospered downtown on fourth street for many years. Known as the most value-oriented of the stores, it nonetheless offered familiar service and served a broad clientele who particularly appreciated McAlpin's food services, ranging from the popular "Kopper Kettle" on the main floor to the more elegant Tea Room upstairs. Frequent remodeling, and a modern 1960s storefront helped the building masque its age and remain up-to-date.

Downtown Cincinnati appeared to have a bright future, but by 1980, retailers began to lose the battle in the face of suburban competition and retail consolidation. Across-the-street competitor Pogue's was merged into Indiana's L.S. Ayres & Co., thus loosing its own identity, and closing by 1988. Deterioration of the retail district began to set in with the takeover of Mabley & Carew in 1978 by Dayton's Elder-Beerman. That store closed a few years after, in 1985, leaving only Shillito's as a competitor up on Race Street.

By 1992, McAlpin's had moved its executive offices to its suburban Kenwood location. It was announced that the downtown store had become unprofitable. When the city of Cincinnati subsidized Shillito's (by then named Lazarus) move to smaller quarters on Fountain Square, McAlpin's made it public that it would close the venerable 4th Street store if it could not be accommodated in the same development.

Lazarus prevailed at Fountain Square West, and McAlpin's left downtown in February of 1996. By this time the store had opened large suburban branches at Eastgate (1991, causing the closure of the 1959 Cherry Grove store) and at Tri-County in 1993.

The McAlpin name disappeared from the Cincinnati landscape with the purchase of Mercantile stores by Dillard's in 1998. McAlpin's had served the Queen City for 146 years.