King Kullen is a supermarket chain with locations on Long Island and the New York City borough of Staten Island. It lays claim as America's first supermarket, as the first location was opened by Michael J. Cullen on August 4, 1930 in the Jamaica neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. The chain is still owned by the Cullen family.
During the 1970s, the company's fortunes began to change; many of Kmart's stores were badly outdated and in decaying condition. Inventory piled up, checkout lines grew, and customers abandoned the stores.
In 1990, in an effort to change their image, Kmart introduced a new logo (dropping the old-style italic "K" with a turquoise "mart", created in the early 1970s), and gave many stores a very badly needed renovation. However, most stores were not remodeled until the mid-1990s, some of which are not completely renovated today. This then-new logo was replaced in 2004 with the current logo.
Federated Department Stores, Inc. is a department store chain founded in 1929 as a holding company in Columbus, Ohio, specializing mostly in retailing clothing, jewelry, dinnerware and watches. The company is currently headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and operates almost 1,000 stores in the United States.
In 2005 Federated acquired May Department Stores for $11 billion. The company also owns Bloomingdale's, L.S. Ayres, Famous-Barr, Marshall Field's, Filene's, Foley's, Hecht's, The Jones Store, Kaufmann's, Lord & Taylor, Meier & Frank, Robinsons-May and Strawbridge's and After Hours.
Ace Hardware was a hardware store formed in 1924 by Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke and Oscar Fisher in Chicago, Illinois. By 1976 Ace became a retailer-owned cooperative. As of 2004, the cooperative contains over 5,100 independent stores throughout the United States and in 60 different countries. Ace Hardware was named after the Ace fighter pilots of World War I, who were able to overcome all odds.
Home Depot headquartered in Vinings, Georgia, is a home improvement retailer that aims for both the do-it-yourself consumer and the professional in home improvement and construction. It is the second largest retailer in the United States, behind Wal-Mart; and the third largest retailer in the world, behind Wal-Mart and French company Carrefour. The Home Depot operates about 1,900 stores across North America. The company operates stores in the United States (including the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands), Canada, and Mexico. The Home Depot also operates EXPO Design Center stores in select U.S. markets, providing high-end home design products and services.
Nordstroms sells apparel, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and children, in brick-and-mortar stores and online. Nordstrom is an upscale department store in the United States. Corporate headquarters and the flagship store are in downtown Seattle, Washington.
The chain was founded in 1902 by James Cash Penney. The original name for the store was the "Golden Rule Store" (Penney was the son of a Southern Baptist minister, and believed that the stores should operate under the Golden Rule of the Bible), but was changed to J. C. Penney in 1912. The mother store is located in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
Target was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1962. It is the second-most successful discount retailer in the United States, behind Wal-Mart. It is the sixth largest retailer in the United States behind Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, Kroger, Sears Holdings Corporation, and Costco.  It is the largest company by revenue based in Minnesota. The Bullseye logo of the company and its stores is one of the most recognized corporate symbols in the U.S.
founded by Sam Walton in 1962, is the largest retailer and the largest company in the world based on revenue. For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2005, Wal-Mart reported net income of US $10.3 billion on US $285 billion of sales revenue (3.6% profit margin). If Wal-Mart were its own economy, it would rank 33rd in the world, with a GDP between those of Ukraine and Colombia. It is the largest private employer in the United States, Mexico and Canada. It holds an 8.9 percent retail store market share $8.90 out of every $100 spent in U.S. retail stores is spent at Wal-Mart.