Bendigo – home of Myer department stores

In 1900 Sidney Myer opened the first Myer store in Bendigo and since then it has opened stores in every state in Australia.  He came from Russia with little money and little knowledge of the English language.  He and his brother opened their first store in Bendigo in 1900.  They then set about buying other businesses and renaming them with the Myer brand and building them up.  Myer is now the biggest chain of stores in the country.

Years ago I read Sidney Myer’s biography and it told a fascinating story of the transformation of retail in Australia and how he used his money for philanthropy.  To this day the Myer family are known for their philanthropy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myer

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