Definitely worth the visit to this unique dry goods store that offers something for the entire family. At 105 south main , this large department store has been at the same prime location since 1937 and has remained under the watchful management of the Heidenheimer family since its opening.
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Alfred Heidenheimer came to Anson in the fall of 1919 to open a Dry Goods business, and Anson has had Heidenheimer’s Dry Goods since.
There have been many changes in the town, the residents and the business since that day in 1919 when Mr. Heidenheirmer unloaded a small stock of dry goods to begin business in the part of the Anson Opera House complex now occupied by Edwards Hardware.
Mr. Heidenheimer’s entry into Anson business community might have been viewed with some misgivings by owners of the approximately 20 retail concerns whose places of business already bordered the city square, but the year is remembered as a banner one in the town’s economy. The war was over and cotton prices were up from six cents to 30 cents.
the first merchandise offered to Anson customers by Heidenheimer had been moved here from Ballinger where Mr. Heidenheimer had been in business a short time, but by the fall of 1922 he announced an anniversary sale in Western Enterprise advertisement with a stock of $50,000 to choose from.
Prior to entering business at Ballinger, Mr. Heidenheimer had served his adopted America in the army in world war one as a volunteer and had worked for a shot time after his discharge for a Galveston wholesale house.
The Anson business grew up in the original location on the north side of the square and by 1930 was ready for an expansion. The Bryant-Link Co. store here was purchased and the name across the front of the building changed to A. Heidenheimer. The business continued to grow and in 1937 Jim Heidenheimer, present head of the firm, who is a nephew of Alfred, came into the firm.
Continuous growth of the business resulted in another major expansion in 1938 when a store was opened in Winters with Harry London as manger. Other stores have been added in the following order:
Ballinger, in 1949 with Gene Heidenheimer, another nephew of the founder, as manger; Cisco, with Winston Heidenheimer, still another nephew, as manger in 1959; and Hamlin, with David Casey as manager in 1962.
Both Gene and Winston are brothers of Jim, London and Casey were former employees in the Anson store.
After Mr. A. Heidenheimer’s death on July 5, 1949 at the age of 62, full responsibility for the operation of the growing business passed on to the Heidenheimer brothers and other store managers.
In an article appearing the Western Observer concerning the 50th Anniversary of the firm, Jim Heidenheimer stated, “We like to think being 50 years old is meaningful – not to ourselves alone – but to those we serve and hope to serve.”
The Heidenheimer Department stores are indeed meaningful to the towns they serve, and the leadership of the managers in the different towns is outstanding
Western Observer dated 1970