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America's 5 & 10 Cent Stores: The Kress Legacy 1st Edition
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1. I was in my 30s before I found this book in my public library, and it was through this book that I learned of the Kress Company.
2. This book does not mention any Kress building in the city where I live.
3. But, a local architect’s guidebook to local historic buildings claims that the Kress building that was built in my downtown around 1910 or so was both the largest store in the Kress Company’s chain (2 floor building on a 12,000 square foot lot) and the 3rd largest five and dime type store in the world.
4. This particular Kress building was renovated and turned into office space in 1980- the year Kress’ corporate raiding parent company began liquidating the Kress Company. I don’t know when this location (or the one other local location that I know about) went out of business.
5. I was 12 years old in 1980 and had lived here continuously since 1975 (after moving back after living out-of-state for 3 years), but I never knew that such a store as Kress existed here. I was never ever in a Kress store, and I have no memories of my parents or grandparents, aunts or uncles talking about any Kress Store.
So Kress hardly deserves the title America’s 5 & 10 Cent Store. And beware that this book is about Kress architecture more than it is about the Kress Company. I’ve looked, but I do not know of any book that will give you the company’s history as a retail store. But, maybe that history is overshadowed by the architectural quality of the Kress buildings. Kress was never a big company when compared to something like Woolworth.Read more ›