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Jack I. Straus

Macy (R. H.) and Company

1940 - 1956

Retail

Military ServiceArmy
1940 b. 1900
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateHarvard University
Personal
Born-Died1900 - 1985
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
RaceWhite
FatherHead, Same Company
Era - 1940

Having joined the company immediately after graduation from college, Jack Straus was the driving force behind Macy’s expansion in the mid-1900s. In addition to expanding the stores through numerous acquisitions, he adjusted the company’s cash-only policy to allow for credit lines and instituted the company’s first employee retirement program. During Straus’ tenure, stores grew from 4 to 56.