About Davids Bridal, Inc
Davids Bridal is a clothier in the United States that specializes in wedding dresses, prom gowns, and other formal wear. It is the largest American bridal-store chain. Davids Bridal currently operates more than 300 stores in 45 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. It was acquired by May Department Stores in 2000, which was, in turn, bought by Federated Department Stores (the parent company of department store giant Macys) in 2005. On November 17, 2006, Davids Bridal was purchased by Leonard Green & Partners, on the same day that Federated also divested itself of After Hours Formalwear. On October 11, 2012, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice announced the completion of its acquisition of David’s Bridal, Inc. Beginning in 1945, David Reisberg decided that, instead of making wedding gowns for his personal pleasure, he should sell them to others for a profit. In 1950, David’s Bridal first started out as a small bridal boutique in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The soon-to-be well-known bridal chain all started as a brainchild of David Reisberg, hence the name David’s Bridal. In 1972, Floridian Phillip Youtie purchased the salon with optimistic ideas. Between that time and 1988, Youtie successfully grew his investment from a single store to 18 boutiques. Many of these boutiques were leased bridal stores that were in department stores under the David’s Bridal name. Steven Erlbaum, a late childhood friend of Youtie, eventually joined forces with Youtie to help bring David’s Bridal to all 50 states. Erlbaum, having preexisting experience from creating the Philadelphia-based store chain Mr. Good Buys (now defunct), was able to give knowledge to Youtie. Erlbaum and Youtie eventually incorporated the company, structuring it for the national market. A warehouse was built in Hallandale Beach, Florida—near Fort Lauderdale. The corporate headquarters are now based in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.