Renovated part of Belk Store building. We
believe the four walls* of these two buildings were erected in 1907.
The following appeared in The Monroe Journal, Nov. 5, 1907, page 5, Column
2: "Belk Brothers to Celebrate With A Big Sale" Belk Bros. have
completed their handsome new store rooms and are now preparing to get into
them. They expect to open up in full blast on Thursday and have
prepared to celebrate the occasion by one of the largest special sales
ever conducted in this section. Their big advertisement in this
issue...For nineteen years this firm has been in business in Monroe.
They began by treating the public well and the public has in return
treated them well. This policy of mutual benefit has been kept up
through the years and has resulted in building up large businesses in six
different towns. And in all these different places the spirit of
Belk Bros. is the same--liberal, enterprising and successful.
(paragraph break) The new stores that this popular firm will open to the
public next Thursday are real beauties. The building is a handsome
one, two stories high, built of white pressed brick, beautiful plate glass
front, with two store rooms 27x 90 feet each on the ground floor, steel
ceiling and well fitted for the purpose for which it is to be used.
All the shelving, counters, show cases, etc., were built expressly for the
kind of goods they are to contain...The new building is a credit to the
town, and its owners and builders are to be congratulated. Mr. W. F.
Morgan has had charge of the erection of the building. The second
story will be used as a wholesale department. The old store rooms
near the new store will be used for clothing, and in the near future a
fine three-story department store will be built on the corner where the
old building now stands. [that building was not built until 1941]
-Transcribed by Patricia Poland, 2/16/2012
on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 1917 destroyed the roof, damaged some of the interior
and much of the goods, however, per The Monroe Journal (Feb. 9, 1917, p.1)
"All four walls are standing today and have been pronounced in good shape by
contractors and experienced brick men. It is thought that it will take
only a few weeks to repair the building if material can be secured at once."