Montgomery Ward

retailer in the United States

Montgomery Ward was an American department store chain. It currently exists only as an online retail website since 2004.[1] It only delivers in the United States.[source?]

Montgomery Ward Inc.

Original incarnation, mail order and department store

Current incarnation, online retailer and catalog merchant
FateBankruptcy in 2000;

Full liquidation in 2001

namesake retailer launched in 2004 after purchase of trademarks
Founded1872; 149 years ago (1872) (as mail order company and later department store, defunct 2001) 2004; 17 years ago (2004) (as current online retailer)
DefunctJune 2001; 20 years ago (2001-06) (original company)
HeadquartersOriginal company in Chicago, Illinois, United States 2004 to 2008: namesake company Monroe, Wisconsin, United States
Key people
Original company: 1872 founder, Aaron Montgomery Ward namesake company: John Baumann, president of parent company Swiss Colony
ProductsClothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, appliances, housewares, tools, and electronics.


DivisionsElectric Avenue

Wards Kids

Montgomery Ward Catalog

Montgomery Wards Auto Express

It started as a mail-order catalog (called a "Wish Book") and department store in 1872. It owned Jefferson Ward discount stores. Jefferson Ward stores in the northern US were sold to Bradlees in 1985.[source?] The rest closed in 1988. All its stores closed in 2000. In 2004, it reopened as an online store.

Montgomery Ward was founded by Aaron Montgomery Ward, a Chicago entrepreneur.


  1. "Montgomery Wards current website". Wards/Montgomery Wards.