UDS building’s tenant history goes up to 2011By TERESA BLOUNT,
The Union Drug Store building at 202 Main St. saw several changes in pharmacy owners during the almost 40 years after Union’s move to New Town. However, even since then, it has continued to attract various businesses, possibly making it the most popular building in Union. This week’s article follows the progression of businesses in this building for the next almost 70 years.
The R.J. Barriers’ Western Auto occupied the store from Jan. 1943 until 1964. During this time, Foy Gill operated a plumbing and electrical business and R.O. Guthrie did radio and television repair out of their store. In March 1964, Mrs. Barrier sold to Cliff Winstead and Jerry Winstead, who moved the Western Auto to 211 Main St. in 1965.
In March 1966, Wally Vance opened Vance’s Pharmacy in this building. Odie and Benny Ware moved their Union Furniture Store into the 202 Main St. store in April 1970 for one year before moving back to their 108 Main St. store.
Next, Charlie Gardner and James Gardner operated Union Appliance Service Center during 1970-1971. Following their closing, Ann Winstead opened Ann’s Korner, a ladies’ dress shop that closed in 1973. Later that year, Bob Parks moved his men’s clothing store Parks Factory Outlet to that building from 401 Jackson Road and changed the name to Parks’ Men’s Wear.
In 1977, he sold to Robert Blount for Blount’s Men’s Wear, who then sold to Spike Roberts for Spike’s Men’s Wear in Sept. 1979. Spike sold his business to Jerry Germany in 1982 for Circle G Ladies’ and Men’s Wear.
In 1986, Finders Keepers opened, followed in 1987 by $10 and Under. In 1989, J.D. and Shirley Williams opened Williams Sights and Sounds. In 1990, Video Plus was located there. The Krystof Edgars bought Video Plus in 2006 and renamed it Edgar’s Movies before changing the store to Krazy Daisy Boutique in 2008.
My ongoing history project has temporarily stopped at 2011. The later businesses once located in this building are awaiting further research. In the meantime, I am asking for answers to questions that were not recorded in the Union Appeal.
Thanks so much to the ones who have already contacted me with information. If you have answers for the following questions, could you please contact me at email@example.com, or 601-774-5564, or 109 Woodhaven Drive, Union, MS 39365.
• Do you know any history on the two-story white house currently owned by Kate Thomas that is located in front of First Baptist Church.
• In the late 1980s, where was Bill’s Dollar Store located? Did it move?
• When was the overhead bridge beside TriC built?
• Where was Mrs. C.S. Johnson’s The Children’s Shop first located?
• When did Lester White retire and sell his White Hardware?
Together, let’s save Union’s history!