George Dayton Entrepreneur

Birthday March 6, 1857
Birthplace New York
Death Date Feb 18, 1938 (age 80)
Birth Sign Pisces


Founder of the Dayton's Department store, which became the modern-day Target corporation.

Before Fame

His Minnesota investment company took over a floundering dry-goods retail store, which he renamed and reopened as the more successful Dayton Dry Goods.


His company built Southdale, the first enclosed shopping mall, in Minneapolis and in 1962 opened a discount store that was branded as Target.

Family Life

His family was residing in Clifton Springs, New York, when he was born.

Associated With

He and Roland Hussey Macy, the founder of the Macy's department stores, both changed the shopping and consumption culture of America.


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