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#1 John T Roberts

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Posted 08 November 2005 - 07:07 AM

Stripling & Cox, a Fort Worth institution which was the merger of two of the city's department stores, has announced that it will be closing its two Arlington stores at the end of January. This leaves only one store open, and that is on Camp Bowie Blvd. in Ridglea. At one time, Stripling & Cox had seven stores scattered about the Fort Worth and Arlington areas.

Below is the article on the closings from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

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Posted 08 November 2005 - 08:32 AM

Yes, Dunlaps owns Striplings. Dunlaps made a practice of buying the old local dept stores across Tx including McClurkans of Denton/Wichita Falls and I think Kerrs or Klines may have been from Waco. They have been converting some of those old local historical store brands to the parent Dunlaps the last couple of years.


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Posted 08 November 2005 - 09:55 AM

Went into Stripling & Cox the other day. All they sell is old lady clothes. It's a shame that in that part of town Dunlap's didn't have the good sense to stock it with more current, trendy items. I bet they'd turn much better profits that way.

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 03:41 PM

A friend of mine (who is in retail) told me last night that they have heard the Dunlap's may be sold to Belk's.
At least Belk's is somewhat more updated than poor old S&C.
S&C is the last vague sign of all of DFW's and Texas' previous home-grown retail names, especially after the loss of the Foley's name. All we have left is N-M.
Monnigs, The Fair, Sanger-Harris, Tiche-Goettinger, Joske's, Sakowitz, Frost Bros., Striplings, Cox's, Battlesteins, Hemphill-Wells (Lubbock), Grammer-Murphy (San Angelo), Scarbrough's of Austin (although a remnant womens wear store still exists), and Goldstein-Migel (Waco) are all stores that in their day were legendary for their regions.
I hope S&C could keep it's identity if anyone does buys it. Although unlikely.

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 06:26 PM

Wow! FW's homegrown retail never did have much sizzle, but once upon a time there was a whole lot of it. Back in the 50's, downtown FW had a huge retail lineup, almost all of it locally owned and operated. There was the huge Leonard Brothers store for the budget minded and the neighboring Everybody's Dept. Store (owned by the Leonard family) for the truly budget minded. Nearby, on Main St., Stripling's had a full block and a half of department store goods catering to the comfortably middle class. Monnig's had a full block of unimaginative merchandising over on Houston St. and a slightly less posh clientele. Over at 7th and Throckmorton, Cox's had the first 5 or 6 floors of the FW Club Bldg, and the Fair Store had 6 floors right accross 7th St. Cox's had a Stripling's-like customer base, while The Fair attracted a slightly zippier middle to upper middle class customer. Meanwhile, Meacham's at 5th and Houston had 5 floors of high-end women's merchandise and did very well until Neiman's came to town and ate their lunch. Over at 8th and Main, there was Washer Brother's selling fairly high-end men's and women's clothing on 4 or 5 floors. Penny's was in the full 6 floors of what is now called the Sanger Lofts, which was originally built for a FW branch of Sanger's that never really opened due to the depression. Downtown also had several men's clothing stores such as John L Ashe and Clyde Campbell and several women's stores such as Lerner's. There were also 3 or 4 large 5 and dimes and several pharmacies replete with lunch counters and soda fountains. The sidewalks were crowded with men and women from every walk of life. DTFW was truly the center of life for FW. Today's downtown seems more like a theme park than a real city center, but then again, I guess the nature of most cities has changed a lot over the past 50 years. It would be nice to see a large concentration of retail return to DTFW, but that is probably a long way off.

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Posted 10 February 2006 - 07:38 AM

A friend of mine (who is in retail) told me last night that they have heard the Dunlap's may be sold to Belk's.
At least Belk's is somewhat more updated than poor old S&C.

Dunlap's CEO is one of my oldest and best friends. I have neither heard such nor can I discern that he is concerned with much other than organic expansion and readjustment of their business model. Whereas I think that he would be willing to sell the whole company in the future, I do not think that he believes that he has sufficiently maximized Dunlap's shareholder value - and the internal politics related to such is rather Byzantine there.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 02:07 PM

Does anyone know if the Camp Bowie Striplings location will be torn down tomorrow morning? Fort Worth Business Press reported in October that it would be.


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Posted 31 December 2008 - 05:55 PM

I would be shocked if they did, but soon they will environmental work was done over the past few months.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:23 PM

I drove by this weekend and it was still there.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 02:47 PM

In the Fort Worth Star-Telegram today:

"Demolition of the former Stripling & Cox department store building on Camp Bowie Boulevard near Ridglea Avenue will begin by the end of the month to make room for a new center called The Shops at Camp Bowie, its developer said.

"Bulldozers are scheduled to begin knocking down the two-story structure on Jan. 21, said Jon Waters, the Irving-based regional director of real estate for Armstrong Development Properties, based in Pittsburgh, Pa. The demolition process will take a couple months, but the 3.54-acre site should be ready for the new construction by May, he said."

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