449 Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
The Kress Building was number 152 in the total of nationwide chain stores founded by Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955). Constructed in 1923 on Long Beach's premier retail street, Pine Avenue, the store prospered. In 1928 - 29, a three-story addition was built on the south to double the store space and increase lunch counter services. Its opening was announced in the Press-Telegram on November 24, 1929. Kress' competitors, Woolworth and J.J. Newberry, also came to Pine Avenue, Woolworth in 1916 and J.J. Newberry in 1950. Unlike its competitors, the Kress store included a "high-rise" (seven story) office tower, whose profile was prominent on low-rise Pine Avenue.
The building closed for good in 1981 and sat vacant for 12 Years until After sitting vacant for eleven years, until in 1992 the building was restored, then converted into high end lofts.
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