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Topic:  Belk and Marting’s
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giacomo
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  Message Not Read  Belk and Marting’s
   Posted: 2/5/2019 8:10:23 AM 
My wife and I recently strolled the campus and uptown during the glorious warm weather this past Sunday. Does anyone have a link to some old photos of the department stores? My recollection is that Belk was on the corner of Washington and Court and Marting’s was a little farther down on Court St. Is that accurate?
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SBH
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  Message Not Read  RE: Belk and Marting’s
   Posted: 2/5/2019 8:58:45 AM 
Belk was in the middle of a block, across from the current diner on Court Street.

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Mark Lembright '85
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  Message Not Read  RE: Belk and Marting’s
   Posted: 2/5/2019 9:24:14 AM 
giacomo wrote:
My wife and I recently strolled the campus and uptown during the glorious warm weather this past Sunday.


That is a good day right there!

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OhioCatFan
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  Message Not Read  RE: Belk and Marting’s
   Posted: 2/5/2019 10:46:00 AM 
Here are two photos of those buildings. One is Belk's. The other is Altman's,
which is the same building that Marting's later occupied.


"It is better to be an optimist and be proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right."

Note: My avatar is the national colors of the 78th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry, which are now preserved in a climate controlled vault at the Ohio History Connection.

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giacomo
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  Message Not Read  RE: Belk and Marting’s
   Posted: 2/5/2019 11:06:29 AM 
Awesome! Thank you for posting that photo. It's all coming back to me. The buildings on either side of the former Cat's Den are now gone. I read where lighting struck the Belk building and it burned down.
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OhioCatFan
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  Message Not Read  RE: Belk and Marting’s
   Posted: 2/5/2019 2:53:33 PM 
You're welcome. Yes, there's a parking lot where those buildings used to be. That fire was a real shame. As a result, Belk decided not to rebuild. The Athens store was at the time the most northern store in their chain and it was not part of their target area.


"It is better to be an optimist and be proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right."

Note: My avatar is the national colors of the 78th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry, which are now preserved in a climate controlled vault at the Ohio History Connection.

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