Today, Boscov's is America's largest family owned department store. But like all family businesses, its beginning was small and humble.
At only 18, Solomon Boscov left his family in Russia and immigrated to the United States in 1914. He settled in Reading, PA where the Yiddish he spoke at home was similar to the German spoken by the Pennsylvania Dutch farmers throughout Berks and Lancaster County. With a pack on his back and with the few dollars he had, he began peddling household goods to the farm families in the surrounding area. He developed a reputation of fairness and honesty. As his business and reputation grew, he was able to buy the dry goods store that had provided the merchandise he peddled and the first Boscov's Department Store was established. It was a true neighborhood store providing honest pricing and quality merchandise to the community in good times and through the bad times of the depression.
The core principles established by Solomon continue to be the keys to success today:
While our headquarters are still in Reading, PA, you can find our corporate associates, including a Chairman and CEO Jim Boscov, traveling between our 48 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Ohio, and Rhode Island. These visits ensure that we get to know our sales associates, teach the culture of Boscov's, and hear your customer feedback firsthand.
We are determined to help you find everything you need at the best prices around. Here at Boscov's, we take pride in knowing what products you're looking for and being the store you can rely on to find it. As many of our fans say, it it's not at Boscov's it might not exist!
When you get to know Boscov's you discover that we are more than a department store.
Family matters to us and if we're in your community, you can consider us family. Our wish is to help make each and every town we are in even better. Whether we're sponsoring a blood drive, hosting our famous Friends Helping Friends event, or offering story time with Mrs. Claus we want to enrich the communities we are part of.
What is Boscov's? We are the place where you can drop off donations for the food drive. We are where your daughter gets her first Girl Scouts uniform. We are the store around the corner and we will continue to be there!
Begin to discover what Boscov's is about. Join us for our community events and shop with us in store and online.