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The Harris Company first opened in 1905. The flagship store was rebuilt at the corner of Third Street and E Street in 1927. In the family's first big expansion, they built a new, and quite smart store as the anchor for the new Riverside Plaza shopping mall in 1957, the first large non-downtown shopping destination in the entire area. Expansion continued during the 1960s and '70s, and the Harris family was able to hold its own against the Los Angeles-based Broadway and Robinson's chain stores which opened local branches in the 1970s through a concentration on local tastes and needs of their customers, as well as a well-earned reputation for offering high quality merchandise. In 1981, Spanish retailer El Corte Ingles, S.A. acquired The Harris Company and its nine stores that included Bakersfield, Hemet, Indio, Moreno Valley, Palmdale, Redlands, Riverside, San Bernardino and Victorville. The Harris Company was acquired by Gottschalks in 1998. The stores were initially renamed Harris-Gottschalks. Two Riverside County locations, one in Indio and the other located in Moreno Valley, California as well as locations in Bakersfield, California continue to use the Harris-Gottschalks name. No other locations use the Harris-Gottschalks name. The original store in downtown San Bernardino was closed on January 31, 1999. To this day, all of the stores acquired by Gottschalks remain open and in business, with the exception of the downtown San Bernardino store. Gottschalks continues to use the "Harris" name as a private-label brand name for men's and women's shoes. (From Wikipedia)

San Bernardino - Carousel Mall Store (Closed)

Indio Store

Front of Store Taken from the parking lot on June 18, 2007 (Andrew Novak Photo)

Sign on front of Store Taken from the parking lot on June 18, 2007 (Andrew Novak Photo)

Redlands Mall

Back of the store Taken from the parking lot on November 7, 2006. (Andrew Novak Photo)



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