Years active: 1879-1997
Wares: Clothing, jewelry, bedding, electronics, housewares, cosmetics, and furniture

Now owned by FootLocker, the oldest store on this list is also the most historically significant. Woolworth's was the pioneer of "five-and-dime" style retailing. In the 19th century, they were a variety of brick and mortar stores offering goods for five and ten cents during a time when most people bought things out of catalogues. Salute to the father of modern retailing.