HISTORY

R.M.S. Berengaria

TIMELINE

First Generation

  • 1925: Ben Marcus immigrated to the United States aboard the R.M.S. Berengaria
  • 1935: Ben Marcus opened the his first theater in Ripon, WI
  • 1940: Ben Marcus buys Tosa Theatre in suburban Milwaukee and enters the big city market
  • 1949: Ben Marcus builds the first of 14 drive-in movie theaters
  • 1958: Ben Marcus opened his first Marc's Big Boy Franchise on Milwaukee's north side
  • 1960: Ben Marcus opened his first hotel in Appleton, WI called "The Guest House Inn"

  • 1962: Ben Marcus bought The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee

  • 1967: Ben Marcus opened his first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise

  • 1969: Ben Marcus opened his first Captain's Steak Joynt

Second Generation

  • 1972: IPO of The Marcus Corporation (MCS)
  • 1972: MCS purchased The Sheraton Schroeder Hotel in Milwaukee (currently named The Hilton)
  • 1974: MCS opened the first Budgetel Inn in Oshkosh, WI
  • 1979: MCS operated 83 theater screens, 109 restaurant units and 13 hotels and motels
  • 1988: Steve Marcus became the CEO of MCS
  • 1990: MCS secured Applebee's fanchise in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois
  • 1995: MCS sold the 18 Applebee's franchise locations for $50M
  • 2001: MCS sold the remainder of their restaurants: 31 KFC locations

THIRD GENERATION

  • 2004: Baymont Inn & Suites was sold to La Quinta for $420M
  • 2006: David Marcus starts Marcus Investments (Marcus Family private office)
  • 2008: Berengaria Development formed 
  • 2009: Greg Marcus named CEO of The Marcus Corporation
  • 2010: Marcus Investments purchases Verlo Mattress
  • 2010: Marcus Investments starts Hospitality Democracy restaurant group
  • 2012: Berengaria Development expands operations nationally
  • 2015: Marcus Family celebrates its 80th Anniversary in business
  • 2016: Christopher Nolte named President of Marcus Investments
  • 2016: Berengaria Development opened it's 70th Goodwill store
  • 2017: Jay Peirick named President of Berengaria Development. 
  • 2017: Berengaria opens it's 90th Goodwill Retail Store & Donation Center
  • 2017: Berengaria acquires Porter's Vale Shopping Center in Valparaiso, IN
  • 2018: Berengaria acquires Grafton Commons in Grafton, WI
  • 2018: Berengaria acquires Parkway Centre North in Grove City, OH