Bealls Centennial Historical

Bealls Centennial Historical (HM1WKN)

Location: Bradenton, FL 34205 Manatee County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 29.832', W 82° 34.409'

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In April of 1915, twenty-two year old Robert M. Beall opened a simple dry goods store on this block of Old Main Street. Pricing nothing over a dollar, he named it the Dollar Limit. Beall invested his money in merchandise so when the goods arrived from suppliers he recycled the wooden packing cases, turning them upside down for use as display tables.

The store location was just steps from the docks where steamboats brought passengers and freight from Tampa each day. Manatee County was growing fast, with new farms and groves springing up and visitors filling the few boarding houses and hotels each winter season. The Dollar Limit thrived. Due to inflation in the wake of World War I, Beall had to raise prices and so he renamed his store the V Dollar Limit in 1920. A tireless civic booster, in 1923 he was instrumental in bringing the St. Louis Cardinals, the first major league baseball team to Bradenton for spring training.
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In 1924, the V Dollar Limit moved into a fine new brick store on Manatee Avenue across from the courthouse. In 1932, following the Real Estate and Stock Market crashes of 1926 and 1929, Robert Beall lost his store to the bank. He stayed on as manager and throughout the Great Depression
he tirelessly saved his money in hopes of someday being able to buy the business back. He achieved that goal in 1944.

Two years later his son E.R., after serving in the army, joined his father as junior partner in the newly christened Beall's Department Store. In 1956, E.R. opened a new store in Bradenton's first shopping center which was located at the corner of 39th Street and Manatee Avenue.

Today Bealls, Inc., still headquartered in Bradenton, operates stores numbering in the hundreds across Florida and the southern states.
Placed ByManatee County Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 344567 N 3042492
Decimal Degrees27.49720000, -82.57348333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 29.832', W 82° 34.409'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 29' 49.92" N, 82° 34' 24.54" W
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Area Code(s)941
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 306 Old Main St, Bradenton FL 34205, US
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