A Short History of Rogers Peet Department Store!


Founded in 1874, Rogers Peet sold classic clothing to its upscale clientele. But it wasn't content with being a standard, conservative store, and introduced several innovations into American retailing--including attaching labels to garments showing their fabric composition, attaching price tags to eliminate haggling, and offering a no-questions asked money back guarantee.

The ease of purchase and transparency that these innovations provided to Peet's clientele solidified its reputation as one of the "better things" in life--"respectable, conservative, and clean", as the song "Marry the Man Today" described the store in the 1950 musical *Guys and Dolls*.

It ceased to be an independent store in 1962, when it was purchased by Cluett, Peabody, & Co., the makers of Arrow shirts.

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