The story of Berdine's begins in 1908 when K.C.
Berdine and his brother, Lafayette, relocated
from Pennsylvania to Harrisville, West Virginia
after a brief effort to establish a store in
Harrisville was then winding down from an oil
and gas boom that had turned Harrisville into a
bustling town almost overnight. K.C. and
Layfayette opened the doors to Hunt &
Berdine's Five and Dime, locating their store
on the corner of Court and Main Streets.
By 1909 Layfayette had withdrawn from the business for other ventures ties to
the community were set.
K.C. and his wife worked to meet the needs of local customers, guaranteeing
no prices would be higher than 10 cents. In 1915, the business moved to its
present location on Court Street. The new location was also then a new
building with the first floor built specifically to accommodate the 5 & Dime.
Fred Berdine, K.C.'s only son, worked in his fathers store from the time he was
tall enough to peer over the counter, and in 1954, Fred took over the store
from his father.
|KC Berdine and the original location at the corner of Court & Main Streets
K.C. successfully ran the store for 46 years, and Fred operated the store for the next 28 years. In 1983
the store was purchased by the current owners, the Six family of Harrisville. In 2011 the Six family will
match Fred’s record of owning the store for 28 years.
In the years since the time the Six family acquired the store, they have returned the store to its original
look and feel. Modern “improvements” were stripped away and golden oak counter tops re-emerged and
glass divided bins and classic clip on price tags all re-appeared. Today Berdine's stands as a landmark of
local of history. Shoppers enjoy the store's diverse and fun products as well as the feel of yesterday.
Many locals tell stories passed down from generation to generation about how their family members
purchased their supplies and provisions at Berdine's.
The store's philosophy remains just the same as it was when K.C. first
opened its doors a century ago: treat each customer special while striving
to maintain a friendly shopping experience. Today, every customer is
greeted warmly, with our employees understanding that treating others
with civility is more important than making a sale
After a century Berdine's remains the place where children save their
money to shop for candy or the special odd toy.
Stop by soon and you'll see why!
|Berdine's Five and Dime today