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Bygone Retail Southeast


Service Merchandise
Birmingham, AL
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's an old Service Merchandise catalog store with sign and letters still intact in Birmingham, AL. Founded in Nashville, TN in 1960, Service Merchandise used to compete for catalog sales dollars with Best and other catalog stores back in the 80's. The Service Merchandise retails all closed down and were shuttered in the 90's.

According to the Service Merchandise site, they're back as a online retailer now. 06-06



Elizabethton, TN
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Here's a former Kress store located in Elizabethton, TN. The Kress stores is a former retail chain founded by Samuel H. Kress in 1896. 02-08



S.H. Kress
Gastonia, NC
Photo and info courtesy Richard Weiss

This former Kress department store built in 1925 is still located in downtown Gastonia. Now home to a business called Hickory Furniture, this Kress building was designed by Edward F. Sibbert. The building is a part of the Downtown National Register Historic District. 07-08




S.H. Kress & Co.
Greensboro, NC
Photo courtesy Richard Weiss

Downtown Greensboro, NC featured yet another restored S. H. Kress building, only this time it even had the display window done up to look like the store was in business.

The building is now known as Kress Terrace and is a "special event rental facility" today. According to the Kress Terrace website, the building was restored in 2000 to its original Art Deco charm. 02-09

(Far right) The display window

(Near right) The charm of the restored S.H. Kress building in Greensboro, NC






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