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TV Ads – 1981 – Foley’s Stores Men’s Sales + Burger King + Crown Furniture


Foley’s was a chain of department stores owned by May Department Stores and headquartered in Downtown Houston, Texas….which was a true Texas tradition….which as of August 30, 2005, the division was dissolved and operation of the stores were assumed by Federated’s Macy’s West and Macy’s South divisions.  Until that time….Foley’s operated stores in Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Arizona, Oklahoma and New Mexico. On September 9, 2006 Foley’s and all the regional May Co. stores names were phased out and rebranded as Macy’s.

Burger King (BK) is an American global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants….which is headquartered in the unincorporated area of Miami-Dade County, Florida….as the company was founded in 1953 as InstaBurger King, a Jacksonville, Florida-based restaurant chain. After Insta-Burger King ran into financial difficulties in 1954….its two Miami-based franchisees David Edgerton and James McLamore purchased the company and renamed it Burger King“.  Over the next half-century, the company would change hands four times….with its third set of owners, a partnership of TPG Capital, Bain Capital, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners….who took it public in 2002. In late 2010, 3G Capital of Brazil acquired a majority stake in the company….in a deal valued at US$3.26 billion. The new owners promptly initiated a restructuring of the company to reverse its fortunes. 3G, along with partner Berkshire Hathaway, eventually merged the company with the Canadian-based doughnut chain Tim Hortons, under the auspices of a new Canadian-based parent company named Restaurant Brands International…a typical Berkshire Hathaway approach.

Crown Furniture was one of the seemingly few Austin furniture companies that managed to stay around for 30 years or more….and Bone Daddy says that back in the day….furniture companies advertised all the time on TV….visa vie this video herewith.  Crown Furniture started in 1983…and has been growing ever since….for it is still alive and well in 2018.


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