Whitted’s Dept Store operated in Burlington between 1899 and 1933. It was run by J. D. & L. B. Whitted. It was supposed to be the first local store to sell ready-to-wear ladies dresses in 1902 or 1903. Sources: “Whitted Sold First Dresses” by Jay Hall in Burlington Times-News May 9, 1949 (centennial ed.) “Store First to Sell Dresses” by Don Bolden in Burlington Times-News April 20, 1971.