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OUR HISTORY

Century 21 Department Store opened its doors in Downtown Manhattan in 1961. It is now a NYC retail icon, known for designer brands, amazing prices. What started 6,000 sq. ft., 3-story store is now 220,000 sq. ft. and 7 floors of fashion, expanding with new locations across the country.

THE FIRST CENTURY

The owners name the company after a World's Fair exhibit: "Century 21, The World of Tomorrow" (a decade before the real estate firm).

The First Century Store - year 1961

BROOKLYN CALLING

Based on demand, a second location opens in Bay Ridge—the hometown of co-founders Al and Sonny Gindi

The First Century Store in Brooklyn - year 1961

EASTWARD BOUND

Good things come to those who wait! C21 opens its 3rd stores in over 30 years in Long Island, exanding the company's reach with loyal NY fans.

C21 First Long Island Store in 1999

NEVER FORGET

The downtown flagship is heavily damaged on 9/11. The Gindi family is determined to rebuild and mantain its downtown roots. C21 reopens in the summer of 2002.

Downtown store damaged on September 11

WESTWARD TRAILS

Due to sucess in NY, Century crosses the bridge and sets up its first NJ shop in historic Morristown.

C21 First New Jersey Store in Morristown - Year 2006

GO JERSEY

"New York's Bet Kept Secret" comes to Bergen County, NJ as the anchor of the Bergen Town Center mall.

Century 21 Department Store in Bergen County NJ - Year 2006

KING OF QUEENS

C21 opens its 6th store in Rego Park, Queens. The motto at that time is "fashion worth fighting for." But with this opening, Time Out New York calls it "fashion worth travelling for."

C21 First New Jersey Store in Morristown - Year 2006

DIGITAL AGE

C21Stores.com launches, making designer brands and amazing prices customers love available 24/7.

C21Stores.com wbesite

MOVING ON UP

C21 celebrates 50 years in business with the opening of its Lincoln Square store, making this store number 7.

Century21 store in Lincoln Square, New York

GARDEN STATE

Customer continue to embrace C21 with a new location in the Jersey Gardens Mall, catering to tourist straight from Newwark Airport, who are ready to fill up their suitcases.

Century21 store in Jersey Gardens Mall

HELLO PHILLY

The first PA store opens at Market & 8th Street in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia—C21's first venture outside NY and Nj.

Century21 First Store in Philadelphia

GREEN ACRES

This landmark 10th store is the star of the Green Acres Mall, taking on yet another prominent anchor position in a mall.

Century21 store in Green Acress Mall

BACK TO BROOKLYN

The City Point Stores opens in one of Brooklyn;s trendiest areas making the first full-line department store to open on Fulton street in more than 50 years.

Century21 First Store in Sawgrass Mills Florida

SUNSHINE STATE

Meet C21's first store in sunny Sawgrass Mills, Fl—an 85,000 sq. ft. anchor in the largest outlet destination in the U.S. It's the furthest C21 has expanded from its NYC roots.

Century21 store in Green Acress Mall

CROSS COUNTY

Marking its first location in Yonkers, New York, C21 expands its footprint to a newly renovated space in The Mall at Cross County

Century21 First Store in Yonkes New York

WATCH US GROW

More exciting things are ahead. Stay Tuned!

Century21 Stores Downtown New York