1897 – 1994

The department store known as Hess Brothers was founded on February 19, 1897, by Charles and Max Hess.  Max Hess came to Allentown in 1896 on a business trip and envisioned a department store serving the area.  He moved his family from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in 1897 and opened Hess Brothers on Ninth and Hamilton streets.

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