First opened: 1879
Closed: 1997 (in the US)
At its peak, Woolworth had over 2,000 locations worldwide. Founded in Utica, N.Y., Woolworth was the first department store to have chains operating in all 48 continental states. In the early 1900s, it expanded overseas and opened locations in England, Germany, South Africa, and elsewhere.
As it expanded and diversified, however, it lost its ‘dime store’ focus, and ended up closing its US department stores to concentrate on sporting goods sales. The company now exists in the United States as Foot Locker, but still remains a department store overseas as a separate company.