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Younkers - The history

In 1856, Younkers Inc., which is a U.S. department store chain, was founded as a family-run dry goods business in Keokuk, Iowa. For more than 150 years, the retailer had grown to include a presence in locations everywhere in Iowa and bordering states in the Midwest region of the United States. It is pronounced yawn-keys.

Younkers became prominent when it acquired several rivals throughout the 20th century both outside and inside of Iowa. The chain itself was marketed by the late 1990s, with ownership transferring out of state, and its Des Moines-based headquarters closed by 2003 as a part of the corporate consolidation. Due to its last sale in 2006, Younkers served as a subsidiary of The Bon-Ton, with locations in seven Midwestern states, primarily in shopping malls. As of 2013, it served more than fifty locations in the region.