January, 1908: Stein Mart opens in Greenville

A Jewish immigrant from Russia, Sam Stein worked as a peddler in the Mississippi Delta before opening his own general merchandise store in Greenville.  Stein Mart focused on clothing after Sam’s son Jake took over the business in 1932.  In the 1980s, under the leadership of Jake’s son Jay, Stein Mart became a successful national chain, reaching 260 locations by 2010.

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