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The Bee Hive was a popular place to go shopping for clothes and shoes. Located at 43-47 East Trade Street, this small drygoods store opened in 1902 by H. M. Efird with cooperation of Charles A. Williams of the Williams & Shelton Company. It's formal name was The Charlotte Mercantile Company. Around 1903, other Efird family members joined the business, including J. B. Efird, Jasper W. Efird, John Roy Efird, Paul Efird and E.L. Efird. The business changed its name in 1907 to Efird's Department Store which operated until 1956.