Mervin G. Morris Organization founder
Mervin G. Morris is the founder of Mervyn's. Mervin Morris was born in Delano, California. His family had a small department store in Delano where he worked during his youth. Though he started college at U.C. Berkeley, he soon had to return home when his father became ill. He never returned to college. He eventually left Delano, however, to become a captain in the United States Army during World War II. After the war, Mervin Morris married Roslyn ("Roz") Grossman. He opened his first Mervyn's store in 1949 in San Lorenzo, California, and eventually saw Mervyn's grow into a national retailing giant. Mervin and Roz Morris have four children and thirteen grandchildren. He lives in the Bay Area, where he is an active philanthropist. Mervin is an avid golfer. Morris, Mervin G.Morris, Mervin G.
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Mervyn's was an American middle scale department store chain based in Hayward, California, and founded by Mervin G. Morris. It carried national brands of clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, electronics, and housewares. Many of the company's stores were in shopping malls. Based on 2005 revenue, Mervyn's was the eighty-third largest retailer in the United States. In 2006, Mervyn's had 189 stores in 10 states. One year later, Mervyn's had reduced its store count to 177 stores in 7 states. On October 17, 2008, the company announced that it would liquidate its assets through a Chapter 7 filing. All remaining locations were closed by December 31 of that year. The Morris family, having bought back intellectual property rights to the company in 2009, announced plans to relaunch Mervyn's as an internet-based enterprise.