American publicly owned specialty retailer of branded footwear, licensed and branded headwear and licensed sports apparel and accessories and is a foot locker rivergate of branded and licensed footwear based in Nashville, Tennessee. James Franklin Jarman and William Hatch Wemyss, both former salesmen for Carter Shoe Co. Nashville, founded Jarman Shoe Company in 1924 as a footwear manufacturer.
The company grew rapidly and took the name General Shoe Company in the 1930s. By the 1950s, General Shoe had factories in many southern towns, especially in Genesco’s home state of Tennessee. The company suffered from over-diversification at one point, and the ongoing manufacturing operations in the Southern United States continued to depress results for a long period of time. The company was probably saved by its decision to reposition itself as a retailer. Murphy’s Nashville, TN factory in 2002. Murphy retail stores and wholesaler of footwear to department and specialty stores.
Lids – Lids Clubhouse, Lids Locker Room, Lids. Lids Team Sports – Retailers of licensed and branded headwear and athletic apparel. Journeys – Retailer of footwear for teens and young adults. The first Journeys retail store to open was the Rivergate Mall Journeys in Nashville, TN, opened by Genesco in December 1986.