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Picturing The Past: How Reid's Furniture Co. Started And Grew


December 24, 2018

This week's Picturing the Past photograph features Reid Furniture Company and was taken in 1959. The buildingwhere Reid's was located at the time looks different today. The best clues in the photo are actually small parts of the buildings on either side. Can you identify where it was located?

Theodore Reid and W.M. Melton formed Reid-Melton Furniture Company in late 1944. They held their formal opening on Saturday, Feb. 17, 1945. They carried living room, dining room and bedroom suites, tables, chairs, rugs and appliances. Products could be purchased on credit with weekly or monthly payment plans. Mr. Reid, who had worked in the furniture business for many years, managed the store located at 21 E. Main St.

The business quickly outgrew the small store and in 1947 relocated to the Mull Building on the corner of South Broad and Jordan streets. Two-and-a-half years later they again moved to a larger store. It was shortly after this move that Reid purchased Melton's share of the business and changed the name to Reid Furniture Company.

In December 1960, Reid announced, "With my lease expiring in January, I have decided to close my furniture store at that time. Between now and then, I am offering the citizens of Brevard and Transylvania County bargains in furniture that are unheard of. It has been a real pleasure serving at Reid Furniture Company since 1944, and I cordially invite one and all to come by and see our hundreds of close-out bargains."

Reid opened an office on Caldwell Street, where people could make payments on their accounts. He continued the business in some fashion until retiring in 1965.

(Photographs and information for this column are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library. Visit the N.C. Room during regular library hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about our history and see additional photographs. For more information, comments or suggestions, contact Marcy at marcy.thompson@transylvaniacounty. org or (828) 884-1820.)


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