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O'Neil's was a regional department store chain based in Akron, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1877, the store grew to several locations throughout northeastern Ohio. Owned by May Department Stores, in 1989 it was merged with May's Ohio division, May Company Ohio, which was subsequently merged into it's Pittsburgh division, Kaufmann's, in 1993. May Department Stores was purchased by and merged into Macy's in 2006.


Akron store in 1983

O'Neil's began in 1877, when Irishmen Michael O'Neil and Isaac Dyas opened a dry goods store at 114 E. Market Street. Upon the death of Dyas in 1892, the store became M. O'Neil Co. Acquired by May Department Stores for $1 million in 1912, it opened a new store in downtown Akron in 1927 that remained through the late 1980s.[1] It eventually came to operate stores throughout the Akron and Canton area. In 1989 its main store was closed, and its remaining locations merged with May Company Ohio. With the merge, the O'Neil's name was retired.


  1. ^ Fernandez, Robert. "O'Neil's Got Its Start As a Young Man's Fancy; Love of Lace Led Irishman to Open Store." Akron Beacon Journal. 14 December, 1988: A10.

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