Goldwater's Department Store was a department store chain based in Phoenix, Arizona.


Michael Goldwater, the grandfather of U.S. Senator and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, established a trading post in 1860 in Gila City, Arizona Territory. In 1872, he moved to Phoenix.

Associated Dry Goods Corp. acquired Goldwater's in 1963 and expanded it to nine stores in the following decades, establishing stores in Tucson, Albuquerque and Las Vegas markets. In 1986, May Department Stores acquired Associated and in 1989 it dissolved the Goldwater's division. Seven of its stores were rebranded as parts of the J. W. Robinson's, May Company California and May D&F divisions. At this time, May sold the Tucson stores to Dillard's because of overlap with its recently acquired Foley's unit. May Department Stores merged its May Company California and J. W. Robinson's divisions in 1993 as Robinsons-May, reuniting the Phoenix and Las Vegas stores under one nameplate while the May D&F unit in New Mexico became Foley's. Following the Federated Department Stores purchase of May in 2006, several of the remaining former Goldwater's locations became Macy's, while the former flagship location at Scottsdale Fashion Square was demolished to make way for Barneys New York, which itself closed in 2016.[1]

The Goldwater family reclaimed the store's old logo in 1989 and reincarnated it as a food company called Goldwater's Foods and now headed by Goldwater's granddaughter Carolyn Goldwater Ross.


Goldwater's locations included[2]

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  1. ^ Haller, Sonja (February 3, 2016). "Barneys to close at Scottsdale Fashion Square". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "M. Goldwater & Sons, Phoenix, Arizona". The Department Store Museum. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  3. ^ "Goldwater's Passes Test, Opens Tomorrow". Arizona Daily Star. August 13, 1978. p. 29.

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