National Department Store Day - October 16
Mon, Oct 16, 2023

National Department Store Day

Every year October 16th is National Department Store Day. Department stores are commercial retailers that sell goods directly to customers. Unlike a conventional retail outlet, a department store categorizes and displays a wide range of products by department, including furniture, household chemicals, food products and more.


Shopping is an integral part of modern life. Trade has always been a driving force in human history, allowing ancient civilizations to exchange ideas and products, and thanks to trade, the conquest of the seas began. Over time, competition and globalization have resulted in more products being made available to more people at lower prices. This has seen the emergence of department stores, which have become one of the largest centers of trade. Essentially, trade is the exchange of goods or services for money or other goods and services. Initially, goods were exchanged for other goods, but 5,000 years ago, the concept of money was born, transforming trade.

Interesting facts

  • There are 6 department stores located in the US.
  • The wealthiest department store chain in America is Macy’s.
  • The area of the largest department store is 5 square feet, it is called Shinsegae Centumcity and is located in South Korea.
  • In 1852, the world’s first department store, Le Bon Marché, was opened in Paris.

How to take part

Take part by preparing a shopping list for the day. Write down all the food items you need and go to the nearest department store. Visit stores even if you don’t need to buy anything. There is always a chance to get discounts and promotions. Alternatively, gather a group of friends or family and arrange a grand purchase at your favorite stores.

When is National Department Store Day celebrated in 2023?

National Department Store Day is observed on October 16 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday October 16 2023
Wednesday October 16 2024
Thursday October 16 2025
Friday October 16 2026

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