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Texas Merchant: Marvin Leonard and Fort Worth Victoria Buenger

Texas Merchant: Marvin Leonard and Fort Worth

Victoria Buenger

Published January 1st 1999
ISBN : 9780890968444
Hardcover
245 pages
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Few department stores symbolized the aspirations of a community or represented the identity of its citizens in a stronger or more enduring way than Leonards in Fort Worth, Texas. For over fifty years, as the store grew from a cubbyhole across fromMoreFew department stores symbolized the aspirations of a community or represented the identity of its citizens in a stronger or more enduring way than Leonards in Fort Worth, Texas. For over fifty years, as the store grew from a cubbyhole across from the Tarrant County courthouse into a retailing behemoth sprawling over six and a half downtown blocks, Marvin Leonard, the stores founder, and his brother Obie ran a store that was always a unique place to shop. The brothers used a combination of large volume, low mark-up, and quick turnover to keep prices low and appeal to the common people of Fort Worth and West Texas. Customers also found a stunning array of goods - fur coats and canned tuna, pianos and tractors - and an environment that combined the spectacular with the familiar. But the story of Leonards goes beyond the store and the man who made it. For Marvin Leonard, downtown Fort Worth and Leonards were always intertwined. Leonards gave Fort Worth a special identity, a distinctiveness, and an attraction to the citys center. When Tandy bought Leonards and later sold it to Dillards, Fort Worths image and character changed.