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Downtown Wichita Falls Development Purchases Zales Building

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Wichita Falls, Texas_ Downtown Wichita Falls Development is excited to announce that they have purchased the historic Zales Building, located on the corner of 8th and Ohio in downtown Wichita Falls.


Built in 1915, the structure was originally used as a bank, pool hall and cigar store. In 1924, Morris (M. B.) Zale, William Zale, and Ben Lipshy opened the first Zales Jeweler store in this location, where they remained until 1940. Since then, the building has been used as a jewelry store, and perhaps most familiar to locals, as DeFoor's Pawn Shop.


Located in the Depot Square Historical District, this building is of historic significance to the city of Wichita Falls. As such, Downtown Wichita Falls Development is dedicated to restoring the building to as close to original condition as possible. They anticipate this to be a 3-5 year project, dependent on community and foundational support. When it's complete, DWFD hopes to attract retail businesses to the building, thus furthering its goals to once again make downtown the heart and soul of the city.

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