Arthur D. Stokes took his dream of business ownership, combined it with 15 years of knowledge and experience in the electric industry, and ventured out on his own to form Stokes Electric Company in 1933.
Stokes Electric Company first opened its doors at 315 North Broadway in Knoxville, Tennessee with only one employee and one truck. By 1940, the company, which then employed seven people, outgrew the building and moved to the corner of Forest and Tenth Street.
In November 1962, Stokes Electric Company relocated again to the current site of our corporate headquarters at 1701 McCalla Avenue in downtown Knoxville. This site included a lighting showroom, warehouse, and corporate offices. A lighting showroom was opened on Papermill Drive in West Knoxville in 1984 and included a city counter, a warehouse and offices for residential construction and residential lighting sales.
Since its inception, the corporation has experienced tremendous growth and now employs over 100 people. Stokes Electric and Lighting has opened several stores in East Tennessee. It now operates two additional branches - Middle Creek Road in Pigeon Forge and Stanley Street in Crossville, both have lighting showrooms and City Counters. With four locations, Stokes can easily serve customers anywhere within a 100-mile radius of Knoxville.