The People's Co-op Building was built at 151 East State Street in Lehi Utah in 1902. It was the third branch of the People's Cooperative Mercantile Institution, established 1872. The People's Co-op, as part of the Z.C.M.I family, was one of the first department stores in America. Its success was greatly helped by the completion of the transcontinental rail-road which allowed the co-op to trade and do business with people across the continent both buying and selling products and materials.
The building has been used for multiple purposes including department stores, skating rinks, and furniture stores. Currently the space is owned by Osmond Designs, a furniture and accessories store. Their hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm, closed Sunday. Anyone can visit during these hours.
This registration form(pdf) documents in full detail the history behind the People's Co-op in Lehi as well as much of the history of this building in particular leading up to it's submission in November of 1998 to the national register of historic places.
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