Ross Stores, Inc., operating under the brand name Ross Dress for Less, is an American chain of discount department stores headquartered in Dublin, California.[6] It is the largest off-price retailer in the U.S.; as of 2023, Ross operates 1,765 stores in 45 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Guam,[7] covering much of the country, but with no presence in New England, Alaska, and areas of the Midwest.[8] The company also operates DD's Discounts, a discount department store chain with over 300 locations across the United States, most of which are located in Sun Belt states.[9]

Ross Stores, Inc.
Ross Dress for Less
Company typePublic company
Pacifica, California, U.S.[1]
FounderMorris Ross
Bill Isackson
Number of locations
  • 1,765 (Ross Dress for Less)[2]
  • 347 (DD's Discounts)[3]
Area served
Key people
ProductsClothing, footwear, bedding, bath, furniture, home decor, jewelry, beauty products, toys, appliances, housewares, and giftware.
RevenueIncrease US$14.89 billion (2018)[4]
Increase US$1.61 billion (2015)
Increase US$1.02 billion (2015)
Total assetsIncrease US$4.87 billion (2015)
Total equityIncrease US$2.47 billion (2015)
Number of employees
88,100 (2019)
Subsidiariesdd's Discounts
Footnotes / references


Ross store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
DD's Discounts store in San Antonio, Texas.

Ross Department Store was first opened in San Bruno, California, in 1950 by Morris "Morrie" Ross. Morris would work 85 hours a week doing all of the buying and bookkeeping for his department store. In 1958 Ross sold his store to William Isackson to become a residential and commercial real estate developer.[10] Isackson built the company to six stores, located in San Bruno, Pacifica, Novato, Vacaville, Redwood City, and Castro Valley. In 1982 a group of investors, including Mervin Morris, founder of the Mervyn's chain of department stores, purchased the six Ross Department Stores in San Francisco, changed the format to off-price retail units, and within three years rapidly expanded the chain to 107 stores under Stuart Moldaw and Don Rowlett.[11][12] By the end of 1995 the chain reached an annual sales of $1.4 billion with 292 stores in 18 states. By 2012 Ross reached $9.7 billion for the fiscal year with 1,091 stores in 33 states with an additional 108 for DD's Discounts in 8 states.[13] Ross moved its headquarters from Newark to Pleasanton, California, in the Tri-Valley area, in 2003.

Barbara Rentler took the place of CEO Michael Balmuth on June 1, 2014; she was the 25th female CEO of a Fortune 500 company.[14] Ross moved its headquarters from Pleasanton to neighboring Dublin, California, in 2014.[15]

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  3. ^ "Number of dd's DISCOUNTS stores in the United States in 2023 -".
  4. ^ Jain, Chelsi. "Revenue Updated". Ross Stores. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ "Fortune 500 - 209 Ross Stores". Fortune. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Ross Stores". True Work. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Ross investor presentation dated November 2014". Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  8. ^ rvl. "Ross locations & hours".
  9. ^ "Number of dd's DISCOUNTS stores in the United States in 2023 -".
  10. ^ Pimsleur, J.L. (December 5, 1997). "Obituary -- Morris Ross". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  11. ^ "History of Ross Stores, Inc. – FundingUniverse".
  12. ^ "Ross Stores, Inc. - Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History, Background Information on Ross Stores, Inc". referenceforbusiness. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  13. ^ "Overview: Historical Highlights". Ross Dress for Less. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  14. ^ Rupp, Lindsey (May 8, 2014). "Ross Stores' Rentler to Be 25th Female CEO in Fortune 500". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "Ross moving corporate headquarters to Dublin in 2014 - January 27, 2012 - Pleasanton Weekly - -".
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