THE corner of Bell and Brisbane Sts in the Ipswich CBD has been an icon through the ages.

It was first home to nothing but scrub, until some enterprising British businessmen came together to create the department store Cribb and Foote.

Cribb and Foote stood at that street corner for more than 100 years, and the Cribb and Foote families became some of the most successful people in the city.

By the early 1970s, the business they built was struggling and Rockhampton firm Walter Reid & Co. swooped in to buy up the building.

The iconic corner than became home to Reids Department Store, but its time in Ipswich was destined to be short-lived.

Reids Department Store was destroyed in a massive fire in 1985, throwing the CBD into a period of major change that has yet to be complete.

The changing nature of that icon of industry is one of many stories recorded in the Queensland Times book Then and Now.

The special 132-page publication celebrates the past, present and future of Ipswich with stories and photos that showcase everything from our events to our disasters.

There are only a limited number of free editions of Then and Now with the Thursday edition of the Queensland Times.

It will also be available for purchase for $9.90 from the Queensland Times office at 260 Brisbane St.



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