United Retail Stores

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    The United Retail Stores Corporation was incorporated on June 9, 1919, in Delaware, to establish a system of manufacturing businesses and retail chain stores throughout the world for all kinds of merchandising. The charter also authorized the company to engage in the production of raw material and in manufacturing as well as in the financing of such operations.

    The company was incorporated by interests identified with the United Cigar Stores Company of America in order to enlarge the field of activity of that organization. The purpose was to arrange the financing, supplying and accounting and checking system, secure store locations and furnish experienced men for the direction and guidance of retail merchandising. It was planned that each business would be run as a separate corporation having its own complete organization. Thus, there would be a chain of cigar stores, a chain of candy stores, a chain of grocery stores, a chain of department stores, etc., each working as a separate unit under its own corporate name, but controlled or affiliated with the United Retail Stores Corporation.

    After the formation of the corporation, the company acquired either control of or a large interest in the:

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