Robert Aland

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This article is about the department store owner. For the banker, see Robert B. Aland.

Robert Z. Aland (born November 6, 1882; died May 16, 1947) was the founder and owner of the New Ideal department store in Birmingham.

Aland came to Birmingham with his family in 1894. He went into business for himself in 1908. The store was located on 2nd Avenue North between 18th and 19th Streets. It expanded into the adjacent Sears building in 1941.

Aland resided at 2708 Highland Avenue with his wife, Rebecca and seven children. Several of his children continued his business and also opened the Aland's chain of specialty clothing shops.

Aland died in 1947 at Jefferson Hospital, following a long illness.