Chuck Mack: Hugus & Co. in Craig

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— The following is an article from the April 11, 1917, Craig-Empire.

Modern Structure to Replace Frame Store

Stepping into line with the progressive spirit that has been sweeping Craig for the last two years, an announcement was made Thursday that J. W. Hugus & Co., pioneer merchants of this section, shortly will begin the work of erecting a one-story store and bank building which will be one of the most modern structures of its kind in Northwestern Colorado.

The building will replace the frame building which for many years has served the purpose of this company and which now has become too small for future purposes.

The building which will be 65 x 115 feet, will have a full basement and be constructed of brick and stone. It will be built along the lines of the company's handsome store building in Meeker. The main bank room will be 28 x 30 feet, exclusive of the vault, and will have an entrance at the corner of Main Street and Yampa Avenue.

A director's room 12 x 16 feet in diameter, and a stationary room 8 x 10 feet, will be included in the bank proper. The vault, which will be constructed of reinforced concrete and pressed brick, will be modern in every detail.

The store will have two entrances, one on Yampa Avenue and the other on Main Street. It will occupy a space 37 x 90 feet. A warehouse 25 x 25 feet will adjoin the main storeroom. The housekeeper's department will occupy a space 15 feet square in the center of the storeroom.

An elevator running from the ground floor to the basement will be installed. When the work of erecting the building is going on, the present building will be moved to the back end of the lots, business therefore not being interfered with. While the building will be but one story in height, it will be so constructed that another story can be added at any time there is a demand for more office room in the town.

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