Mississippi Kress Stores

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Natchez, MS
This Kress now houses the National Furniture Co. I don't know if this building was always so simple looking or if details have been stripped over the years. [map]

Hattiesburg, MS
This Kress was designed by Edward F. Sibbert and built around 1930. It replaced a previous Kress building on the same lot from 1912. The store closed in 1975. After renovation, the building housed the Deposit Guaranty National Bank in 1983. [map]

Laurel, MS
This Kress was built around 1930. [map]

Biloxi, MS
This Kress was built in 1927. The building was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The roof was destroyed and the ground floor windows were blown out. The building had a recessed entrance on the left corner originally. When the building was restored in 2014, the facade was altered to be completely flat. The building briefly housed Kress Live, a live entertainment venue. The building was vacant when these photos were taken in 2019. For more, see this website. [map]

Meridian, MS


This Kress building was designed by Edward F. Sibbert and built in 1934. It featured two entrances with signs on both north and south sides. In 1957, the building expanded to the building on the west, creating an L-shaped building and adding another entrance and signs. The store closed in 1974. It housed the Meridian Boxing Club for a while but was vacant in recent years. In 2015, the building was renovated for Mississippi State University. MSU signs were added just in front of the two older facade signs. The other two facade signs remain. There were three red blade signs but only one on the side of the building remains now. The two that were removed are in MSU storage. The under-canopy plastic sign is gone now, too. [map]

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