The New York Store

Korrick's Department Store

The Korrick Family operated one of the largest department stores in downtown Phoenix, Arizona from the mid-1890s to the mid-1960s.

The Polish-Jewish Korrick family opened up their store in the late 1890s. This was one of the first department stores in the Phoenix area along with the Goldwater and Diamond department stores.

Sam Korrick arrived in Phoenix in 1895 on a chance that he could make it big in the city. First Korrick arrived in New York, but realized that he could have a better opportunity if he traveled to Texas to get a job at the Diamond family store. On his route to Texas, he decided that there would be more opportunity if he headed straight to the west coast, but stopped off in Phoenix. He decided that Phoenix would be the best place to open his store and originally called it "The New York Store," located on East Washington Street. Later the department store would be referred to as "Korrick's."

With the success of the store Sam Korrick sent for his brother Charles to help maintain the store. After Charles arrived in Phoenix in 1900, Sam died suddenly in 1903. On the day of Sam's funeral every store in the area closed because of the respect the community had for Sam.

After the sudden death of Sam Korrick, brothers Carles and Abe took over running the department store. Abe had a way with merchandising and marketing the store to the local community. Charles became an instrumental leader of the Jewish Community helping to establish Temple Beth Israel and the founder of the Arizona Club.

During the seven decades to follow Korrick's was one of the department stores in downtown Phoenix that regular folk came to shop. The department store had every item that a man or woman could possibly desire in that time. There were dresses, suits, household goods, and many other items. While maintaining an active department store the Orrick family remained committed to the Jewish community in Phoenix.

In 1957, to stay relevant to the community the Korrick building added more floors and did a complete modernization of the exterior. During this time the other department stores, Diamond and Goldwater had moved out of downtown Phoenix because of the dwindling number of customers. Korrick's was the last department store to remain in downtown Phoenix until it closed in the mid-1960s.

The Korrick building is the only department store left standing of the original three in downtown Phoenix. It has a new façade covering the beautiful architecture that once made up Korrick's. The building is now home to local business and serves as an office space as well.

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View down Washington Avenue ca. 1935

View down Washington Avenue ca. 1935

Department stores once dotted Washington Avenue, in downtown Phoenix. These included Newberry's, Kress's, Penney's, looking toward Korrick's. | Source: Posted on City-Data Forum > US Forum > Arizona > Phoenix area on October 25, 2011 by "Roosevelt." View File Details Page

New York Store, 1895

New York Store, 1895

This photograph of the New York Store was taken in 1895, the year it opened. The store's founder, Sam Korrick, is the man smiling to the right of the middle man. The New York Store sold dry goods on the ground floor of a building located where Phoenix Symphony Hall now stands. | Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, New York Store, 1895 <http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/ajhjla/id/118/rec/7> accessed December 2, 2016. View File Details Page

Interior of Korrick's Department Store

Interior of Korrick's Department Store

This is an interior corner of Korrick's department store in 1920, located on First and Washington Street. | Source: "Interior Corner of Korrick's Dry Goods Company," McClintock Collection. Phoenix Public Library <https://catalog.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/search/title.aspxzctx=1.1033.0.0.6&pos=3> accessed December 1, 2016. | Creator: McClintock Collection View File Details Page

Chas. Korrick &amp; Bro., Phoenix, Ariz.

Chas. Korrick & Bro., Phoenix, Ariz.

The Korrick's Department Store opened in November of 1914 on the corner of First and Washington Street. | Source: "Chas. Korrick & Bro., Phoenix, Ariz., McClintock Collection. Phoenix Public Library <https://catalog.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/search/title.aspxzctx=1.1033.0.0.6&pos=1> accessed December 1, 2016. | Creator: McClintock Collection View File Details Page

How the New York Store Became Korrick's

How the New York Store Became Korrick's

Aritcle in The Arizona Republican talking about the twenty-fifth year of the Korrick's department store formally known at The New York Store. | Source: History Adventuring, How the New York Store became Korricks, Phoenix, Arizona <http://www.historyadventuring.com/2015/12/how-new-york-store-became-korricks.html> accessed December 5, 2016. | Creator: The Arizona Republican View File Details Page

Modern Korrick's Building

Modern Korrick's Building

The original Korrick's department store was modernized to house office spaces for local business in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. | Source: AZ Central: The Arizona Republic, Donna Reiner, Phoenix History: What's Beneath that Stucco <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-contributor/2016/06/16/phoenix-history-old-buildings-new-looks/85684800/ > accessed December 5, 2016. | Creator: Donna Reiner View File Details Page

Charles Korrick

Charles Korrick

Charles Korrick immigrated from Poland in 1900 to work with his brother Sam, who opened a shop called the New York Store. Following Sam™s death in 1903, Charles and his brother, Abe, opened the first Korrick™s Department Store at First and Washington Street. An additional store opened in Christown mall. In 1962, the brothers retired and sold their stores, which were renamed Broadway. | Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Charles Korrick, 1959 <http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/ajhjla/id/46/rec/5> accessed December 8, 2016. | Creator: Markow Photography View File Details Page

Street Address:

106 E. Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85004 [map]

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Heather Roehl, “The New York Store,” Salt River Stories, accessed June 25, 2017, http://www.saltriverstories.org/items/show/215.

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