A.D. Campbell Co. is this week’s Surviving the Hard Times business.
This building at 2013 Cumberland Avenue has been the home of A.D. Campbell Co. for almost 125 years.
A.D. Campbell Co. opened in 1889. The original owner became ill in the 1960s and his son sold the business to a chain store out of Sweetwater, Tenn.
The chain kept the business for a few years until Brenda Adams was able to purchase it in 1982. Adams has remained the owner and operator of the business since then.
Adams is thankful for all of the customers who have remained with the shop during these hard economic times.
“(It’s the) same ones, just fewer,” said Adams about the customers who have helped the store remain successful through the years.
A.D. Campbell Co. is known throughout Bell County for their classic women clothing in misses, petite and women’s sizes.
“We go mainly for classic (looks) not fads,” said Adams.
But that does not mean the store lacks in modern fashion trends.
The store currently features “popcorn” shirts by the Magic Scarf company. These shirts have been one of the stores’ top sellers for the past year.
The shirts look as though they would fit a young child but in fact stretch to fit up to an extra large woman. The store also features women’s sizes in the popular style shirt.
Once customers are finished with their shopping spree, their purchases are rung up on a 1905 antique cash register. This final experience at A.D. Campbell Co. gives the customer one last feeling of hometown pride before leaving the store.
The store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sundays.
For more information about the store, Adams can be reached at 248-3625 or you can like the store Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/AD-Campbell-Co.
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