Grayson’s in 1946. (State Archives of Florida/Spottswood)</i>
Haverty’s Furniture Company
Haverty’s Furniture Company in the old YMCA Building on March 6, 1953. (State Archives of Florida/Fisher)</i>
745 West Forsyth Street was completed in 1950 for Horne-Wilson, Inc. Horne-Wilson was a wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating and air-conditioning products that was sold to the I.U. Corporation in 1974. (State Archives of Florida/Spottswood)
J.B. Ivey & Company
The J.B. Ivey & Company’s six-story, 180,000-square-foot department store at Laura and Church Streets during the 1970s. The conversion of Hemming Park to Hemming Plaza resulted in the temporary closure of several downtown streets, hurting business to the point that Ivey closed their doors in downtown for good on July 13, 1985. (Jacksonville Public Library Special Collections Department)
After the closure of the downtown J.B. Ivey & Company department store, the space was converted into JEA’s Customer Service Center. The Charlotte-based J.B. Ivey & Company chain was sold to Dillard’s in 1990.
S.H. Kress & Company
The S.H. Kress & Company was known for its impressive architectural collection of five-and-dime stores, when it operated a downtown Jacksonville location at Main and Adams in 1949. (State Archives of Florida/Spottswood)</i>
The Kress chain started to disappear from downtown streets across the country after it was acquired by Genesco in 1964. All remaining Kress stores were sold to McCrory Stores in January 1981. The former downtown Jacksonville location is the home of personal injury attorneys Farah & Farah.
Levy/Wolf at Hogan and Adams Streets in the early 1980s. Levy’s Department Store was founded by Benjamin S. Levy in 1912. Levy’s which had a reputation for carrying some of the most exclusive and luxurious merchandise, billed itself as the store “where the styles are shown first.” During the mid-20th century Harold Wolf served as the company’s president. After his departure in 1969, the store was renamed Levy/Wolf. (City of Jacksonville Historic Preservation Office)