ATLANTA — The Alabama Retail Association (ARA) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) jointly honored Belk and Parisian last week during the Retailer of the Year ceremonies in Alabama, naming them “Retail Giants” in the industry.
Alabama Governor Bob Riley also proclaimed Sept. 27, 2007 as Belk Day, to officially recognize the company’s business and community contributions to the state.
The announcement, made during UAB’s 2007 Retail Day Luncheon, acknowledged Belk’s outstanding investment in Alabama retail. The Retailer of the Year judges voted to present these special one-time awards to recognize the significant contributions to retailing made by Parisian and the Hess family as well as Belk, Inc. and the Belk family.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk bought the Alabama-based Parisian chain from Saks, Inc. last year. The Parisian stores were rebranded Sept. 12 as Belk stores. Belk, Inc. currently operates 23 stores in 20 Alabama cities.
John R. Belk, president and COO, Belk, Inc. accepted Belk’s award on behalf of himself, his brothers and the company. Donald Hess, former chairman, president and CEO of Parisian before it was sold to Saks, Inc., accepted for the Hess family.