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Happy 45th Birthday, Gap Inc.

ExperienceTanya Hart, Gap Inc. bloggerComment
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It was 1969, the year of Woodstock. Richard Nixon was inaugurated as President of the United States. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. People were bell-bottomed, beehived and looking for something new.

And in a corner of San Francisco, Doris and Don Fisher were opening a single store stocked with Levi’s, records and tapes – a place that was all about youth and inclusivity.

Gap Inc. now has more than 3,500 stores and 134,000 employees worldwide, and creative omni-channel endeavors like Reserve in Store to fuel future business.

But the values – The Fishers’ dedication to community, equality and creating opportunities around the world – remain the same.

We are excited to celebrate this birthday because it’s a chance to look ahead, to the next 45 years, but also an opportunity to reflect.

Emily Daniello started as a Gap store associate at 16. Twenty four years later, she is working as a Banana Republic marketer. This story is a common one.

“I finished college to be a teacher, but then I didn’t want to leave. Why would I leave?” she said. “I stayed because I am fulfilled. I have Gap Foundation to do my volunteering, I have my whole circle of friends at Gap Inc., and I even met my husband at the company. I feel empowered to do a great job, and I feel cared about.”

On Instagram, see more of our employees sharing their favorite Gap moments, large and small, paired with #since1969contest.