About Bealls
Steve Knopik
Beall's CEO
Steve knopik, Beall's CEO
About the Company
Beall's, Inc. is the parent company of Beall's Department Stores, Inc, Beall's Outlet Stores, Inc., and Burke's Outlet Stores, LLC. The corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates over 530 retail store sites across the southern and eastern United States with annual sales over one billion dollars. Since its modest beginnings in 1915 Beall’s has grown to be a major employer in the State of Florida as well as a valued asset to all the communities it serves throughout the country.

Headquartered in Bradenton Florida, the operating companies take advantage of resource sharing by utilizing functions provided by Beall's, Inc., including Distribution, Finance, Information Systems, Loss Prevention and Human Resources. Conversely, each company has its own buying, product development, real estate, and advertising organization.

"Always do what is right"

E.R. Beall

A Century of History...
The Dollar Limit
In 1915 Robert M. Beall, age 22, opened a dry goods store in Bradentown, FL on the banks of the Manatee River. At that time the pioneer town had a population of just over 3,000 people and was most easily reached by steamboat from Tampa. Beall spent his entire investment of $2,500 on stock, so he over-turned wooden packing crates that his goods arrived in and used them for display tables! Nothing was priced over $1.00, so he named his store The Dollar Limit.
Dollar Limit Store
V ("Five") Dollar Limit
Following World War I, inflation pushed up prices and in 1920 he changed the name of the store to the V (Five) Dollar Limit. As his business grew he bought his own property and in 1924 built a larger store a few blocks away on Manatee Avenue. During the Depression, he lost his store to the bank, but continued to operate it. In 1944 he was able to repurchase the company.
'V' Five Dollar Limit
1940's - Beall's Department Stores
In 1940, Robert Beall's son, E.R., joined the family business after graduating from the University of Florida. In 1946, after serving in the army, E.R. rejoined his father. That year they changed the name to Beall's Department Store. Robert Beall ran the original downtown store until just a few months before his death, at age 86. The old store continued to operate until 1987 when it was torn down for new construction. The proceeds from the sale of the building were used to establish the R.M. Beall, Sr. Charitable Foundation in support of youth and education.
1940's Beall's Store
1950's - Expansion
Florida experienced explosive growth during the 1950's. Americans were more mobile than ever before and air conditioning transformed southern living. E.R. foresaw the company's future growth in the new shopping centers serving middle income retirees who were flocking to Florida. In 1956 the first expansion store was opened in Bradenton. The third store followed in Venice, FL in 1961. The following year sales passed the million dollar mark for the first time.
1956 Expansion
1970's - A decade of Growth
In 1970, E.R.'s son, Robert M. Beall, II (Bob) joined the business after completing his military service and earning an MBA at New York University. The first three generations were active in the company until the death of Robert, Sr. in 1979. In 1980, when Bob Beall assumed the presidency, the chain had grown to $38 million in annual sales. The family tradition continued when Bob's son Matt Beall joined the company in 2004, marking the fourth generation.
1970's Expansion
1980's - An Outlet is born
In 1987 Beall's Outlet was born when Chairman E.R. Beall conceptualized the new chain in response to the boom he observed in outlet retailing in the Carolinas. In 1992 Beall's Outlet opened a store in Arizona, its first location outside the state of Florida. Today under the name of Bealls Outlet and Burke's Outlet, the off-price stores continue their rapid growth, numbering over 450 locations in 17 states
Beall's Outlet Store Front
Beall's Today
Today Beall's surpasses a billion dollars in sales annually with over 535 stores and with www.beallsflorida.com. Featuring exclusive brands and fashions especially chosen for Sunbelt climates, we are the source of choice for lifestyle-right and priced-right apparel and home goods. A century after opening our doors, Beall's continues to serve our communities with the spirit of pride and appreciation first shown by Robert M. Beall back in 1915.
Beall's Store Front