Most people don’t really think about “behind the scenes” when they go shopping. They’ll see a store like Harmon Discount Health & Beauty (actually called Harmon Face Values these days) – and just shop there and possibly become regular patrons.

Some folks might find out they’re owned by other companies and not care. Doesn’t matter to them.

We find the whole business climate of acquisitions and conglomerates quite interesting. If you put a few minutes of research together – you’ll realize how much bigger that other well-known store Bed Bath & Beyond really is!

Bed Bath & Beyond really exploded over the past 30 years!

Being “Jersey Boys,” we recall Bed Bath & Beyond in the ’80s. They, along with Linens & Things were the preeminent “domestic merchandise retail stores” for this neck of the woods.

Did you know that in 1985 – Bed Bath & Beyond only had 17 locations?

In 2019 – BB&B has well over a thousand! (And Linen’s & Things is a forgotten memory – just a decade ago, too!)

But they’ve also acquired the following other stores in just the past two decades:

  • Harmon Stores – acquired in March 2002, operates Face Values (over 50 locations)
  • Christmas Tree Shops – acquired in June 2003 for $200 million (about 80 locations)
  • Buy Buy Baby – acquired in March 2007 for $67 million (100+ locations)
  • Cost Plus, Inc. – acquired in May 2012 for $495 million, operates Cost Plus World Market and World Market (nearly 300 locations – including one in Bridgewater)
  • Linen Holdings – acquired in June 2012 for $105 million
  • Of a Kind – acquired in August 2015 for an undisclosed amount
  • One Kings Lane – acquired in June 2016 for $14 million (after being “valued” at close to a billion dollars just a few years prior).
  • – acquired in November 2016 for $190 million.

Harmon Discount does the job for many people

Besides being a vanity-based store selling makeup and other “beauty” items, Harmon Discount is also useful for most other purposes.

Like other stores in the BB&B lineup – they do have a very diverse lineup of products for sale. Almost anyone can find something useful they might need – for pretty decent prices as well.

(We scored some awesome charcoal soap on “clearance.”)

Good to just check out most stores periodically – just to get a pulse on what the retail landscape is like. And to be reminded of the options one has in the area. (We also went to Five Below the other day (story in the future). But that place is nuts!)

Does anyone shop at Harmon regularly? Or can they get their products via more general channels – like their local supermarket or other big box stores like Walmart?

About the author


NJroute22 (site admin) is an avid traveler along NJ Route 22 (and almost all of central New Jersey!) Family man, pet lover, and property owner who has a natural curiosity for everything around.