Richard Forman started Forman Mills in 1977 with an $80 loan from his father.
He began to sell sportswear and sweats in a local flea markets on the weekends with this money.
Four years later, in 1981, he opened his first store in Philadelphia.
In 1985 Forman opened his first superstore in a warehouse in Philadelphia. This new type of store was called the Forman Mills Clothing Factory Warehouse and had 16,000 square feet of retail space.
From 1989 to the present, the chain has grown to include stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, and Michigan.