Frank Winfield Woolworth (April 13, 1852 – April 8, 1919) was the founder of F. W. Woolworth Company, and operator of discount stores known as "Five-and-Dimes" that featured a selection of merchandise...

Frank Woolworth was born in Rodman, New York, to John Hubbell Woolworth and Fanny McBrier, and had a brother, Charles Sumner...

His parents, John and Fanny Woolworth, were devout Methodists and sympathetic to the Northern (American) Cause during the Civil War - they raised their two sons,...

At the age of four, he told his parents that one day he would become one of the peddlers that sometimes came calling; he and Charles would play...

As was common at the time, F.W. finished his schooling at the age of sixteen, yet with only basic...

In 1873 he worked as a stock boy in a general store called Augsbury & Moore's Drygoods in Watertown. His first experiences at Augsbury & Moore’s would serve as the starting point to his own business...

Under the employ of Moore & Smith, Woolworth jumped at the opportunity to sell a large surplus of goods and organized a store in Great Bend that opened on February 10, 1878;...

Accounts on the conception of the five-and-dime differ. Scholar Gail Fenske suggests that Woolworth had heard of a “five-cent counter craze” while questioning his own sales ability at his first job....

On June 11, 1876, he married Jennie Creighton (1853–1924); eventually they had three daughters. One, Edna...

He borrowed $300 and opened a five-cent store in Utica, New York, on February 22, 1878. It failed within weeks. Woolworth opened his second store in...

In 1911, the F.W. Woolworth Company was incorporated with 586 stores. In 1913, Woolworth built the Woolworth Building in New...

At the time of his death, Woolworth was worth approximately $6.5 million or the equivalent of 1/1214th of the US GNP His company owned more than 1,000 stores in the United States...

His granddaughter Barbara Hutton would gain much publicity for her lifestyle, squandering more than $50 million. Hutton likely named her London, UK,...

Bronze busts honoring Woolworth and seven other industry magnates stand outside between the Chicago River and the Merchandise...

In the 1960s, the company began expanding into various individual specialty store concepts, including sportswear, which led to the development of the Foot Locker sporting goods store in...

The UK stores (under separate ownership since 1982) continued operating under the Woolworth name after the US operation...

Although both the Australian company Woolworths Limited and the South African company Woolworths Holdings Limited took their...

In 1978, the Woolworth Estate became the home of Monica Randall, a writer and photographer. She wrote a memoir of her experiences there entitled Winfield: Living...


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