The Foley's saga began in Ireland in the late 1800s when William L. Foley set sail for America. There he opened a store in Houston and hired two young nephews. When the nephews felt the entrepreneurial urge to run their own store, their uncle gave them $2,000 to get started. On February 12, 1900, the Foley Brothers Dry Goods Company opened for business at 507 Main Street. An estimated 44,000 residents visited the store that day. Sales of $128.29 were tabulated. The Foley brothers later sold the store to Robert I. Cohen of Galveston, who put his son George in charge of operating it. With the aid of six Meyer brothers from Galveston, George built it into the largest store in Texas. In 1945, Fred Lazarus, a department store exec from Ohio, visited Houston and saw the store’s potential. In 1946, Foley Brothers became Foley's, owned by Federated Department Stores
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