Braden's Furniture

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Braden's Furniture, October 2013

Braden's Furniture was a locally owned furniture store located at 106 North Chalkville Road in downtown Trussville. Opened in 1957 by local resident Vernon Braden, the store was sold to his son Billy Braden in 1989. The store occupied a prominent block of downtown Trussville at the northwest intersection of Chalkville Road and Main Street (U.S. Highway 11).

A project to widen the intersection and provide a left turn lane off Chalkville Road as part of a master plan adopted by Trussville in 2013 called for the demolition of the current building. At the time, Braden pledged to relocate the store somewhere in the area but ultimately did not relocate, closing the store in 2014.

While the turn lane project was ultimeately unchanged, the city did purchase the building and demolished the sections of the building closest to the intersection in 2019. A downtown plaza with a clock tower is planned to be built in the site in 2021 while the two-story section that faces Main Street will be redeveloped.

Reference

  • Gorman, Gene (November 27, 1997) "Doing business the family way". The Birmingham News
  • Buttram, Scott (August 28, 2012) "North Chalkville and Main Street project could jump start downtown." Trussville Tribune
  • Gray, Jeremy (October 25, 2013) "Despite road widening, Braden's Furniture, a Trussville institution, will "be in business somewhere," owner says." The Birmingham News
  • Thomas, Erica (September 14, 2020) "Downtown Trussville intersection project delayed after easement extension." Trussville Tribune