This little gem was uncovered a few years ago during a remodel inside a downtown building. Anyone know where this is?
Diana Shops, a dress store chain, opened in Kingsport in 1949 next to McCrory’s on Broad Street. In November 1959, the company moved to the newly constructed building at 230 Broad Street. The shop was located between S.H. Kress and Fuller & Hillman. Below, a group of employees pose in the store’s new location. Diana Shops carried a complete line of dresses, coats, suits, sportswear, beachwear and lingerie. The store was managed by Shirley Wright.
The Kroger Grocery and Bakery Company seen in these images, taken in 1946, was located at 324 Cherokee Street on the corner of New Street. The Cherokee Building was located across the street from the Union Bus Terminal. Below, shoppers stock up on groceries and supplies in this interior view of Kroger.
Holston Auto Supply was located at 321 West Market Street. When this photograph was taken in 1952, J. Matthew Nelson was the president and general manager of the company. Holston Auto Supply opened in Kingsport in February 1946 with only two employees, Nelson and J.H. Rogers. By 1952, the company had expanded to a second location in Rogersville and over 30 employees.
Cole’s Drug Store, in this 1953 photograph, was located on West Sullivan Street next door to the Little Store. Cole’s also had a location on Broad Street. The location on West Sullivan Street opened in December 1953. Cole’s Drug Store was founded by Bob Cole of Knoxville. The store was managed by Leaman Holliman. Mrs. Lotus Brandon was in charge of the soda fountain and lunch counter.