|Defunct||December 6, 2020|
|Fate||Chapter 11 bankruptcy liquidation|
Number of locations
|13 (Manhattan, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Westbury, NY, Morristown, NJ, Paramus, NJ, Queens, NY, Upper West Side, Elizabeth, NJ, Pittsburgh, PA, Philadelphia, PA, Sunrise, FL, Staten Island, NY and Yonkers, NY)|
|Raymond Gindi, CEO|
|Products||Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, electronics and housewares.|
|Revenue||≈$747 million (2019)|
Century 21 Department Stores LLC is an American chain of department stores with 13 locations in the northeastern United States, headquartered in New York City.
The company was founded in 1961, by Sonny Gindi, Ralph Gindi, and Al Gindi.The original store is located at 472 86th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Founder Al Gindi's son, Raymond Gindi, currently serves as Century 21's chief operating officer.
The Century 21 flagship location is at 22 Cortlandt Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America. It occupies the base of a 34-story office tower, and it has recently added a Financier Patisserie coffee shop to its third floor.The store became an emotional flashpoint during and after the September 11 attacks. The store was evacuated after the first plane hit the World Trade Center, and the interior was significantly damaged from the collapse of the Twin Towers. Initially, it was not certain that the store would be rebuilt, but the owners opted to remain at the same site and the store was renovated and reopened on February 28, 2002, five months after the attacks. Thousands of people waited hours on the morning of the reopening so they could have a sales receipt from that day.
The firm opened its first location outside of the greater New York metropolitan area in October 2014. Housed on two floors of the former Strawbridge's flagship on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia.
The company expanded in 2016, opening at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Florida and a Pittsburgh-based two-level flagship store in Downtown area of Pittsburgh.
In March 2016, Century 21 announced that it would open a flagship location at American Dream, that was scheduled to open on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 but got pushed all the way back to Thursday, October 1 2020 due to New Jersey State government restrictions that closed all non-essential retail.
On Thursday September 10, 2020, Century 21 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as a result of insurance companies failing to financially support the chain during the COVID-19 pandemic. It plans to close all of its stores.Because Century 21 filed for bankruptcy, the American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey location never opened and is now abandoned.
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