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Monday, March 23, 2015

The Fair Department Store

Ellisons – The Fair Department Store – The first Fair Store was opened in Minot in 1902 on Main Street, in a location next to and south of what is now Western paint. It was like most stores of the time with a 25 foot frontage. In 1910 the Ellisons moved the store a block south into a new building known as The Fair Block, just south of the intersection of Main Street and 2nd Avenue. In 1929 a newer building was added at the corner and adjacent to The Fair Block. The new building, a large 2 story building with a basement, eventually incorporated The Fair Block in 1955 giving Ellisons a 100 foot store front on Main Street. During the Diamond Jubilee in 1961, Ellisons ran a contest to see who could bring in the oldest sales slip showing merchandise purchased at the store. The winner received a wool blanket…. Unfortunately I do not know who won or how old the receipt was. 

 the original store
Ellison's on Main Street - early 1900's

1 comment:

  1. I was wondering if you have any information on what stores where located at the current 106 S Main Street. I know that it at one point was Jay's Men's Store but I was looking for earlier in the 1900's to when it was Jay's. I have not been able to find very much information regarding that location. Thank you!