William T. Dillard, Giant of Retail, Dies at 87 by Lance Turner Posted 2/8/2002 12:00 am Updated 5 years ago William T. Dillard, founder of the Dillard's Inc. chain of department stores based in Little Rock, dies. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access stories older than 15 days. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.