Title: Miller Brothers Company paper bag, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Catalog Number: 2017.020.0001
Date (Years): 1931-1940
Paper bag states “Miller Bros. Co. “The Store That Saves You Money” Chattanooga, Tenn.” There is an etching of the corner store, which is four stories with large display windows on the street and smaller windows on the other stories. People are walking on the sidewalk in front of the store and cars are driving on the street. An American flag flies above the roof.
Miller’s traced its history to the New York Racket Store, established in 1889 at 510 Market Street in Chattanooga by brothers Gus and Frank Miller. After a fire destroyed the Richardson Building in 1897, the brothers built a new store at Seventh and Market Streets that was known as Miller Brothers Department Store. Miller Brothers Department Store of Chattanooga remained a privately held company until 1973. A son of Gus Miller later become one of the founders of Miller, Inc. in Knoxville.
Miller’s Department Store was formed August 1, 1973, from the consolidation by retail conglomerate Garfinckel, Brooks Brothers, Miller & Rhoads, Inc. of the two related Tennessee-based department stores: Miller Brothers of Chattanooga and Miller, Inc., of Knoxville.
At formation, the combined chain had 11 stores and two specialty shops in East Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina.
In 1981, with the acquisition of its parent conglomerate, Miller’s became a part of Allied Stores. In 1986, the chain was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hess’s; then converted to Dillard’s in 1992.
This paper bag depicts window renovations from the 1930s and dates to about that time. The verso is unprinted
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