Wakefield’s was founded in 1917 by James Wakefield. The company began by offering women’s clothing and accessories until James son, Martin, decided to expand the small store and add men’s and children’s shoes and clothing.
Today, the company has 10 locations in and around the greater Anniston, Alabama, area. The original Wakefield’s store remains and the remaining 9 locations are known as either Martin’s or Martin’s Family Clothing. Martin passed away in 2010.
Wakefield’s and Martin’s are still owned and operated by the Wakefield family, with the grandson of James, William, now acting as CEO. Company headquarters remain in Anniston, Alabama.