KATZ & BESTHOFF (K&B) DRUG STORES
Page created July 15, 1998. Last updated February 13, 2014.|
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Katz & Besthoff (K&B) was founded in 1905 by Gustave Katz and Sidney Besthoff. The company expanded from a store on Canal Street to over 180 locations in the southeastern United States from Florida to Texas. The stores were sold to Rite Aid in 1997.
S. CARROLLTON AND OAK:K&B Drug Store at S. Carrollton Ave. and Oak St. One photo added 02/14/11.
CANAL AND DAUPHINE:This 1958 shot of Canal streetcar 945 inbound at Canal and Dauphine Sts. illustrates the newly renovated neutral ground (outer tracks and overhead wires removed) from 1957. We can also see the K&B Drug Store and Camera Center at the left. One image with two cropped versions comes from the collection of H. George Friedman and was added 02/13/14.
Canal streetcar no. 940 inbound as seen from the river side of Dauphine. Also visible are Kress and Maison Blanche. The full size image and crop to K&B come from a slide in my collection taken in July 1962 and added 07/03/11.
A view of the store in April 1968. Two versions from a slide in my collection added 02/06/12.
I shot this image of the Canal and Dauphine intersection about 1978. One photo added 02/14/11.
N. BROAD AND ESPLANADE:K&B Drug Store at N. Broad St. and Esplanade Ave. One photo added 02/14/11.
PLAZA 190 SLIDELL:K&B Drug Store at Plaza 190 in Slidell, late 1970s. The original location was in Northside Shopping Center, but moved during the mid 1970s. Eckerd Drugs took over that space. One photo added 03/14/11.
ST. CHARLES AND LOUISIANA:K&B Drug Store at St. Charles and Louisiana Aves. First two photos come from same slide with enhancement in the second; photo taken in 1969. Third photo taken about 1973 by Earl Hampton, Jr. (used with permission). The original K&B at this location faced both thoroughfares; in the 1960s it was rebuilt with a parking lot as shown. One photo added 03/14/11, two added 06/05/12.
S. CARROLLTON & S. CLAIBORNE:Three views of the K&B Drug Store at the intersection of South Claiborne and South Carrollton Aves. The first photo from circa 1982-84 shows the store just past Louisiana Transit Co. Grumman Flxible no. J107. The second and third photos are from February 19, 1996. The second shows an Oscar Meyer Wienermobile passing K&B, with the neighboring Canal Villere supermarket visible. The third photos shows the drug store sandwiched between St. Charles Streetcar no. 910 and RTA New Flyer no. 94028. Three photos added 03/24/11 and 06/19/11.