Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Montgomery Wards –
The building that was home to Montgomery Wards started life in 1933 when construction began. It is on the Northwest corner of Main Street and 1st Avenue. It replaced two smaller buildings that over the years, housed a lodge hall, a meat market, telephone exchange, a bank, post office, department store, and drugstore, among others. It became Montgomery Wards in May 1934. All floors with the exception of the top floor were used for retail. There was also an automotive repair department on the south side, near the alley. The Greenberg Men’s Store was next door. Greenberg’s exploded and burned in 1947. In 1958 Montgomery Wards added 25 feet to their building, expanding into the former Greenberg’s location. At that time they moved their automotive repair department to
3rd St Northeast, next to the .
The building was known as the Emporium and was owned by James McClintock of White Ice
Cream Building .
In September of 1982, the building was purchased by local business men and
renovated to what it is today Edina, Minnesota