Former Location of Gibbs-Louis, Inc.

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Title

Former Location of Gibbs-Louis, Inc.

Alternative Title

Gibbs-Louis

Subject

Orlando (Fla.)
Clothing and dress--United States
Bars (Drinking establishments)--Florida
Restaurants--Florida
Retail industry

Description

The former location of Gibbs-Louis, Inc. Founded in 1945 by Irving Gibbs, Gibbs-Louis was one of the most popular women's apparel stores in Downtown Orlando in the 1940s and 1950s. Along with the downtown location at 131 North Orange Avenue, there were three more Gibbs-Louis stores in nearby malls. In 1984, part of the downtown store collapsed; a wall caved in due to construction of a 20-story building next door. A year later, the store was restored. In 1990, when nearly all retail stores located in Downtown Orlando had closed, Gibbs-Louis was one of the few remaining. In late 1991, Irving Gibbs retired and sold the business to former executives of Ivey's, a department store that was later bought out by Dillard's. Only a year later, Gibbs-Louis went out of business and was replaced by Behr's Shoe Center. In 1998, Behr's closed as well. At the time that this photograph was taken in 2014, the location is home to Annie's Bar and Grill.

Creator

Williams, Rachel

Source

Original color digital image by Rachel Williams, July 24, 2014.

Date Created

2014-07-25

Is Part Of

Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection. RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpeg

Extent

3.07 MB

Medium

1 color digital image

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Gibbs-Louis, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Behr's Shoe Center, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Annie's Bar and Grill, Downtown Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method

Item Creation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Copyright to this resource is held by the Orange County Regional History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Suris, Oscar. "Ex-ivey's Execs Buy Gibbs-Louis Owners Don't Plan To Change Stores' Upscale Clientele Base." The Orlando Sentinel, January 5, 1991, Business Section. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1991-01-05/business/9101050396_1_new-stores-ivey-wiley.
"Gibbs-Louis Store Restored." The Orlando Sentinel, November 4, 1985. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1985-11-04/business/0340220272_1_gibbs-south-wall-collapse.
Feigenbaum, Nancy. "Longtime Retailer May Take Space At Gibbs-Louis." The Orlando Sentinel, July 3, 1992. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1992-07-03/business/9207030381_1_behr-shoe-center-downtown-store.
Feigenbaum, Nancy. "Gibbs-Louis Will Ask To Liquidate." The Orlando Sentinel, August 19, 1992. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1992-08-19/business/9208190291_1_gibbs-bankruptcy-liquidate.

Transcript

ANNIE'S BAR AND GRILL

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