The Harris Company, San Bernardino, California



Founded in 1905, The Harris Company moved to a beautiful new
building embellished with churrigueresque ornament
in autumn of 1927


The store was a shopping destination in the so-called "Inland Empire;"
its mezzanine-level Cafe Madrid became famous for its gourmet
food served in an entrancingly beautiful environment.

In 1973, Harris' expanded and formed an anchor of a downtown mall,
though the the building's windows were blocked-up and the famous
mezzanine was removed,
(The directory below reflects the store layout prior to 1972)

Harris' Has It!

The Harris Company (1905)
300 N. 'E' Street
San Bernardino, California

TUrner 9-0444




Lower Level
Harris' Budget Store

Street Floor
Fine Jewelry • Silverware • Fine Silver • Costume Jewelry • Handbags • Gloves • Dress Accessories • Neckwear • Hat Bar • Hosiery • Cosmetics • Notions • Street Floor Sportswear • Campus Deb Sportswear • Women's Shoes • Luggage • Cameras • Stationery • Luncheonette
Men's Store Men's Gift SHop • Men's Furnishings • Men's Sport Furnishings • Men's Sportswear • Varsity Shop • Men's Shoes • Men's Clothing • University Club • Boys' Furnishings • Sporting Goods

Mezzanine
Book Shop • Record Shop • Candies • Service Desk • Beauty Salon • Optical • Hearing Aids • Photo Studio • Fabrics • Art Needlework • White Sewing Center • Cafe Madrid

Second Floor
Sportswear • Dresses • Coats • Suits • Popular Dresses • Pin Money Shop • Dress Collection • Formals • Showcase • Fashion Plus • Custom Casuals • Individualist • Young Sophisticates • Designers' Room • Fur Salon • Bridal Salon • Millinery • Lingerie • Foundations • Maternity Shop • Uniforms • Hi-Teen Shop
Ideal Juniors Junior Dresses • Junior Sportswear • Junior Coats • Junior Suits

Third Floor
Bedding • Domestics • Curtains • Draperies • Lamps • Furniture Studio • Dinnerware • China • Glassware • Giftware • Flowers • Housewares • Small Electrics
Children's World Little Girls' Shop • Girls' Shop • Little Gents' Shop • Toddlers' Wear • Infants' Wear • Children's Shoes

Fourth Floor
Wonderful World of Toys and Games • Auditorium • Personnel • Executive Offices

South Building 226 N.  'E' Street
Home Furnishings Center • Furniture Store • Carpetings • Rugs • Appliances • Hoover Appliances • Home Planning Center • TV Repair • Records


(259,000 s.f.)




Redlands
State Street
1907/1927
39,000 s.f.

Riverside
Riveside Plaza
Sept. 30, 1957
208,000 s.f.
The Alessandro Room

Indio
Indio Fashion Center
February 24, 1975
60,000 s.f.


Redlands Mall
1977
60,000 s.f.


Coming in Due Course



6 comments:

  1. Don't forget the store that was in Indio Ca, near Palm Springs. Also there are still Harris family members in the area if you need history and information.

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  2. The Harris Company was a retail corporation, based in San Bernardino, California, that operated a chain of department stores named Harris', all in Southern California. Philip, Arthur, and Herman Harris started the company with a small dry goods store in 1905, and the company eventually grew to nine large department stores, with stores in San Bernardino, Riverside, and Kern Counties.[1]

    The chain was acquired by Fresno, California-based Gottschalks in 1998.[2] After the acquisition some of the stores continued to operate under the name Harris Gottschalks. In January, 2009, Gottschalks filed for bankruptcy, and on March 31 announced they were liquidating all stores. All of the original Harris stores that were still operating, were finally closed in July, 2009.

    The Harris Company first opened in 1905. The flagship store was rebuilt at the corner of Third Street and E Street in 1927. The company made its first big expansion when it built a large anchor store at the new Riverside Plaza shopping center in 1957, the first large non-downtown shopping destination in the region. Expansion continued during the 1960s and '70s, and the company was able to hold its own against competitors, such as the Los Angeles-based The Broadway and Robinson's chain stores, by concentrating on the tastes and needs of local customers, and by building a reputation for offering high quality merchandise.

    In 1981, Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés, S.A. acquired the Harris Company and its nine stores which included Bakersfield, Hemet, Indio, Moreno Valley, Palmdale, Redlands, Riverside, San Bernardino and Victorville. In 1997, the Harris Company invested $27 million to update its nine-store chain.

    The Harris Company was acquired by Gottschalks in 1998, and the stores were initially renamed Harris-Gottschalks. Most of the original Harris stores eventually dropped the name Harris, except the Indio and Bakersfield locations, which continued to operate under the Harris-Gottschalks name. The original store in downtown San Bernardino was closed on January 31, 1999.

    On January 14, 2009, Gottschalks filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.[3] In March 2009, Gottschalks announced that it had lined up a group of bidders to liquidate the chain, if a buyer was not found by March 30.[4] On March 31, Gottschalks announced it would liquidate its remaining stores,[5] and on July 12, 2009 all of the Gottschalks stores were closed.

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  3. The Redlands Fashion Mall store was a relocation from their original store in that city. The other stores they operated were in Hemet @ Hemet Valley Mall (1980), Victorville @ The Mall of Victor Valley (1986), Bakersfield @ East Hills Mall (1990), Palmdale @ Antelope Valley Mall (1990), and Moreno Valley @ Moreno Valley Mall at TownGate (1992).

    Would love to see an exhibit on Gottschalks very soon! Let me know if you need my help on historic research!

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  4. Memories! I did a fashion show at the Redlands Harris' in 1978. I will always Remember how glamorous the Harris' on E St. was.

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  5. Growing up in The Central Valley of Ca, I remember traveling to Bakerdfield where they had a Harris-Gottchalks, it was a beautiful store in the East Hills Mall in East Bakersfield. I always enjoyed walking through the store and enjoyed so much the merchandse, and customer service. The building is still around, however it's fallen on hard times over the years, and has been completely unkempt. If you would like, I can take some photos of the building.

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  6. Wasn't there a Montclair store for a while? SusieQ

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