photo by Sean Meyers
This Neo-Classical commercial building was constructed by the S.H. Kress Company in 1910 as a five and dime cent store and operated for 64 years, closing in 1974. Beginning in 1896, Samuel Kress built 260 stores in the United States, many of which were located in the southeast. Kress became known for erecting expensive structures using the finest materials while purveying “affordable, durable, and cheerful” domestic merchandise. Kress also became a major employer of women over the decades spanning the two world wars. The grandest of the Kress stores was the seven-story flagship store at the corner of 5th Avenue and 39th Street in Mahattan, which opened in 1935. Sadly it was demolished in 1980.
In 2006, the Salisbury Kress building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, was purchased by Joel Goodman of Goodman Investments of Mooresville, who began a restoration of the second floor. Five condos were completed in 2007 utilizing Historic Tax Credits. The apartments retain twelve foot ceilings, solid core, eight foot doors, and refinished original red maple flooring. The featured apartment also retains some original department store features such as transoms and the “Information Desk” window that now looks toward the master bedroom, which was formerly the store’s upstairs office. In 2011, the building was purchased by Sharp Capital Group LLC which operates its offices out of one of the ground floor retail spaces.