mast general store - Greenville

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111 N. MAIN ST GREENVILLE, SC 29601 Plus-code-iconVJ22+RH Greenville, South Carolina

STORE HOURS

mon10AM - 6PM

tue10AM - 6PM

wed10AM - 6PM

thu10AM - 8PM

fri10AM - 9PM

sat10AM - 9PM

sun11AM - 6PM

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Stepping into the Wayback Machine and turning the dial to 300 years ago, you would see herds of buffalo, elk, and deer wandering without a care through dense forests and sipping cool water from pristine streams. In the days before the American Revolution, this was Cherokee Territory, and only the most intrepid made their way into the foothills. First known as Pleasantburg, its name was changed to Greenville in 1831. With ample water resources and rail service, Greenville became the center of textiles in the state. Between 1880 and 1903, there were some 13 mills opened in the Greenville area utilizing water power from the Reedy and other rivers. Some mill owners provided housing and stores for their employees. Within these mill villages developed something else…baseball teams.

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Story behind the store logo

The street address of the Mast Store in Greenville has a long retail history dating back to at least 1898 in the present day building. According to city plats, this building started out as a dry goods and shoe store. Before that, it was the site of a common well and kitchen facility.

 

As the city began to grow, retail, restaurants, and entertainment venues began to dominate the downtown area. The dry goods store from 1898 expanded by 1913 to encompass the entire width of the block and at that time housed the Meyers-Arnold Department Store.

 

In the 1920s, part of the store shared facilities with the Garing Theatre. These "movie houses" were seemingly on every corner. Within a short walk from the Garing Theatre was the Casino Theatre (at the corner of East North Street and Main), the Bijou Theatre (just across the street), and the Rialto Theatre (located where Trios Restaurant is today).

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The street address of the Mast Store in Greenville has a long retail history dating back to at least 1898 in the present day building. According to city plats, this building started out as a dry goods and shoe store. Before that, it was the site of a common well and kitchen facility.

 

As the city began to grow, retail, restaurants, and entertainment venues began to dominate the downtown area. The dry goods store from 1898 expanded by 1913 to encompass the entire width of the block and at that time housed the Meyers-Arnold Department Store.

 

In the 1920s, part of the store shared facilities with the Garing Theatre. These "movie houses" were seemingly on every corner. Within a short walk from the Garing Theatre was the Casino Theatre (at the corner of East North Street and Main), the Bijou Theatre (just across the street), and the Rialto Theatre (located where Trios Restaurant is today).

Meyers-Arnold, a family-owned store carrying most everything from clothing to housewares, occupied the building from 1903, when it was then Arnold Department Store, until 1971, when it moved to the McAlister Mall. It grew to include several other locations including Anderson, Asheville (NC), Augusta (GA), and Spartanburg.

Several old employees from the Meyers-Arnold days commented on the restoration project which revealed a pressed tin ceiling and warm maple flooring. It reminded them quite a bit of "the old days."

Mrs. Betty Meyers shared a story about the store. She said that there was never a signed lease on the building on Main Street. When the Meyers brothers and the gentleman that owned the building negotiated the agreement, it was sealed with a handshake. When both of these men that originally set the deal had passed away, neither of the remaining parties knew what the agreement was. So, a new deal was negotiated and cemented as gentlemen with a handshake.

The Mast Store in Greenville opened in 2003.

*Photo Courtesy the Greenville Historical Society, The Coxe Collection.

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Greenville has one of the most beautiful downtowns in the United States. With tons of restaurants, nifty shops, a minor league baseball field, and a unique scavenger hunt for kids of all ages, you’ll find something to keep everyone happy.
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