Once upon a time, many years ago, in the small town of Denton, in the state of Texas, two local families set out to seek their fortunes as entrepreneurs. Both businesses were among the thirty-plus grocery stores serving a population of about 8,000 residents, excluding college students. They were even on the same street. One was McNeill Grocery, 221 S. Elm, and the other was Ball Bros. Grocery & Market at 123 N. Elm.
Little did they know that the Great Depression would put an end to both enterprises in the late 1920's. Faced with unemployment, they each scrambled for a new direction. In 1931, McNeill began selling appliances, and the Balls went into the furniture business.