If you are threescore and eight in age as I, and grew up in a small
town, you will remember Gibson's, a discount retail store founded in Little
Rock, AR, predating Kmart and Walmart.
Herbert R. Gibson, Sr. (1901-1986), through Gibson's and its
franchisees, operated almost 700 stores located throughout much of the United
States. "H. R. Gibson was a modern discount retailing pioneer, entering the
field in 1958, four years ahead of Kmart, Target, and Walmart. As an early
business rival of Sam Walton, Gibson influenced discounting and management
practices that Walton later used to surpass Gibson and make Walmart the world's
As best I can determine, there are two (2) Gibson's (franchisees)
remaining in the U.S. - - Kerrville, TX and Weatherford, TX, and I happen to
live in Kerrville, TX.
So why invest this time in writing about Gibson's, a Kerrville, TX tourist
destination? To begin, I am an antiquarian. I still have my first car ('67
Mustang), still play golf with high school golf team "First Flight" persimmon
driver & 3 wood, Jackie Burke Jr. blade (putter), and still have my first wife
(she asks why she is always mentioned last!) I save the "best for last".
More to the point, Gibson's is my only retail customer. To those in Kerrville who inquire
about purchasing a Tejas Feeder, I say "go to Gibson's... they have
If you've visited Kerrville Gibson's while vacationing and did not
make that certain purchase, Gibson's is happy to make the sale and send it to
you. ... best MLL