Sunday, October 18, 2009

Kingsport's Five and Ten Cent Stores

What could you buy for a nickel in 1919? Here's an ad for Kingsport's first five and ten cent store, Hillman's which was located at 340 Broad Street.

The big chains started arriving in 1927 when Woolworth's opened on Broad Street.

The last big five and dime to arrive in town was McCrory's in March 1950. The building will soon be a Mexican restaurant. (Photo courtesy of City of Kingsport Archives)

Here are the specials for McCrory's opening day in 1950.


At 12:09 PM, Blogger James said...

Don't you think it's odd that the McCrory's ad is very short on items that fall in the .5 - .10 - .25 price range?

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the 60s, McCrory's was one of three stores downtown that had a decent toy collection (Woolworths and Kress was the other two) so we used to hang out there a lot. I remember they also had a big pet department with rows and rows of tropical fish and goldfish in the back.


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