Coppin’s Department Store history gives glimpse into Hotel Covington’s future

Posted at 5:00 AM, Sep 27, 2016

and last updated 12:24 AM, Sep 28, 2016

COVINGTON, Ky. — John R. Coppin had humble but ambitious aspirations when he opened in 1873 his own dry goods store, the California Dry Goods Co., at what is now the corner of Seventh Street and Madison Avenue.

As his business — and his entrepreneurial spirit — grew, Coppin eventually relocated before, in 1907, he realized even his four-story storefront wasn’t big enough to accommodate his needs. 

Recent Stories from wcpo.comRebound READ MORE West Side developer has high hopes for SedamsvilleThat’s when he commissioned what would become a first for the commonwealth, a seven-story “skyscraper,” as a building that size was considered at the time. In 1910, after a name change to the John R. Coppin Co., the business had transformed from a humble dry goods storefront to the region’s largest high-end department store. It would maintain that status for decades to come, long after Coppin’s death just three years after the building’s completion.

Now, the building that rivals any other in the city for its historical significance will return to Coppin’s tradition of luxury as a boutique hotel and restaurant, opening Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m., followed by guided tours.