The chain began when Morris Burman opened the first store in East Los Angeles. In 1950, Burman bought an existing store in North Long Beach at 5350 Long Beach Blvd., and opened it as the Jones Department Store. In 1951, they opened Robert's at 16630 Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower.
Bixby Knolls, Long Beach - opened December 1967, 52,000 sq. ft., 4450 Atlantic Ave., closed in 1994, empty for 15 years, razed only in 2009 to make way for a new Marshall's. The loss of the store was long symbolic of the decline of Bixby Knolls as a retail center