First Stores Opened
The first Calendar Club stores were opened: 62 in the U.S. and 1 in Canada.
Growth & Expansion
Calendar Club LLC became an affiliate of Barnes & Noble. Calendar Club expanded into Australia and New Zealand.
Top 50 Fastest Growing
The Austin Business Journal ranked Calendar Club number seven on their list of “Top 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Austin.”
Trizec Hahn recognized Calendar Club with Temporary Tenant of the Year award. Chain Store Age awarded Calendar Club the Retail Innovation Technology Award (RITA).
Top 25 Fastest Growing
Inc. magazine ranked Calendar Club number 13 on their list of “Top 25 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Austin.” Calendar Club expanded into the UK. General Growth Properties awarded Calendar Club the Heavy Hitter and Best Retailer awards.
Website & Game Stores Launch
The Calendars.com ecommerce website was launched. Our first game stores were opened. We operated 131 game stores in the 1999-2000 season. Toys were later added to Go! The Game Store™, and in many malls we currently have Go! Games & Toys as well as Go! Games.
Calendar Club acquired The San Francisco Music Box Company and began operating retail stores as well as the SanFranciscoMusicBox.com ecommerce website.
Dog Breed Store
DogBreedStore.com was launched as a companion site to calendars.com, with a focus on dog breed-specific gifts.
Calendar Club began its philanthropic relationship with the YMCA of Austin by providing financial support, donating employee time, and coordinating game and toy donations with our generous merchandise vendors. These donations help make Christmas possible for thousands of underprivileged kids each year.
Game Store Site Launch
GoGameStore.com was launched and later merged with the Calendars.com website. It offers a broad selection of games and one of the largest puzzle selections on the web.
Barnes & Noble Partnership
Calendar Club management re-acquired Barnes & Noble’s ownership interest, while maintaining working partnerships with B&N.
Calendars.com redesigned its ecommerce website, offering more titles with a vastly improved online shopping experience.
Top 500 Retailers
Calendars.com was listed #399 on Internet Retailer’s 2009 Top 500 list. The San Francisco Music Box Company and accompanying website were sold.
Acquisition & Expansion
Calendar Club acquired the assets of Borders’ Day By Day seasonal calendar business and operated more than 1,040 retail stores in shopping malls throughout the US. Calendar Club operations expanded to a third facility, bringing total distribution space to approximately 430,000 square feet. Calendars.com was listed #406 on Internet Retailer’s 2010 Top 500 list.
20th Anniversary & Award
This year marks the 20th season of retail operations for Calendar Club. Corporate president and CEO, Marc Winkelman, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Specialty Retail Report.
Go! Calendars Rebrand
Calendar Club retail stores re-branded as Go! Calendars.
Go! Retail Group Rebrand
Calendar Holdings rebranded as Go! Retail Group