Photos by Hemet Area Museum AssociationJ.C. Penney first came to Hemet in 1929, leasing this building on south Florida Avenue between Carmalita and Juanita streets. When it opened in July, new dresses with long sleeves or sleeveless dresses were on sale for 98 cents. In 1939, J.C. Penney leased the lower floor of the two-story Brudin building on the southeast corner of Florida Avenue and Carmalita Street. J.C. Penney is now housed in the Hemet Valley Mall as an anchor tenant. Source: “Images of America – Hemet” Designed by Edward L. Mayberry Jr., Hotel Alessandro opened in 1929 on the southwest corner of Florida Avenue and Harvard Street on the site

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