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Gottschalks was a department store that operated in the western United States. It had stores in Washington, Alaska, California, Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon. The company was founded in 1905. Its headquarters was in Fresno, California. Gottschalks eventually became America's largest independent department store and was featured on the New York Stock Exchange starting in 1986. Gottschalks found success by opening stores in medium-sized cities that were ignored by larger department store companies.

Gottschalks was created by Emil Gottschalks and was run by his family or descendants for its first several decades of existence. The company branched out to create different types of stores to serve niche markets. Examples include Village East for plus-sized apparel and Bobbie West, for teenagers. It also bought several smaller department store companies and converted their stores.

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Gottschalks began to experience financial problems in the mid-2000's. The economic financial crisis led to the company's demise. Poor sales due to the downturn hit Gottschalks hard. Its stock was removed from the NYSE due to its poor performance. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2009. After failing to come to an agreement to sell, Gottschalks was liquidated and its final stores shut their doors in July 2009.

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