The corporate office of Belk, Inc. is located at 2801 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28217. The phone number that can be used to contact them is (704) 357-1000. The company itself was founded on May 29, 1888, by William Henry Belk, who had gained twelve years of retail experience as a store clerk prior to that. He opened his first store in the small farming town of Monroe, North Carolina, at the young age of twenty-six. The only starting revenue and assets William was said to have were $750.00 in savings, a $500.00 loan, and $3000.00 worth of consignment merchandise. The original establishment was called the New York Racket, a name which was unusual and had the goal of drawing attention and customers to the store. William later convinced his brother, Dr. John M. Belk, to retire from medicine and come onboard as his partner in the company. This team of siblings then grew Belk into one of the largest retail chains in the Carolinas and Southern United States. The current CEO of the Belk Corporatin is Thomas (Tim) Belk, Jr. H.W. McKay Belk is the president and chief merchandising officer and John R. Belk is president and chief operating officer. They are the grand-children of William H. Belk, the original founder of the stores.
A Strong Presence
Belk is the largest privately-owned principal department store company in the U.S. The company can also boast of having 300 plus stores in the sixteen neighboring Southern states, with 3.5 billion dollars in revenue over the past year. Belk also recently purchased the Parisians chain of stores from Saks, further expanding its growth. Great customer service and a sense of family are some of the main postures credited to the success of the retail chain.
Belk has also acquired a place on the Charlotte Metro Chamber of Commerce Largest Employer list. A 2013 survey by the Chamber showed that the Charlotte Belk stores employed 1500 to 2999 employees during that time. According to a 2014 Belk company business profile report, Belk employees company wide numbered 24,700 (up 3.80 percent). For that same fiscal year ending in 2014, revenues were 4038.10 million (up 2.10 percent).
Working at Belk
Employees at Belk are exposed to a comprehensive benefits package that offers life, health, disability, auto and home insurance. Belk employees also can enjoy numerous paid vacation and holiday days and take advantage of a very fair sick and funeral leave program. Belk associates also enjoy a merchandise discount on all Belk products. To view career opportunities in a Belk store, view their store careers page. For those who are looking for corporate careers in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, view their corporate careers page.