Today in History, February 22, 1878:
Frank W. Woolworth opens his first store in Utica, New York. The venture would fail, but Frank did not give up. He and his brother would open another store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Their marketing, customer service and business practices would be the model for the modern shopping experience.
As with many other pioneers in retail, Woolworth stores eventually went out of business, although they have reinvented themselves elsewhere. Woolworth stores still exist in other countries around the world.