Story: Department stores and shopping malls

Drapery to department store

Drapery to department store

Charles Mackintosh Ross (centre, with his thumbs in his pockets) stands outside his Palmerston North drapery in 1896. Ross started the business in 1882, moving to a site in the Square the following year. For more than a century C. M. Ross was Palmerston North’s premier department store. Many department stores began as small draper’s shops like this.

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Reference: 2008N_Bc48_CMROSS_1949
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Helen Laurenson, 'Department stores and shopping malls - The rise of department stores', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Helen Laurenson, published 11 Mar 2010