There was nothing like it in Connecticut then, and there is certainly nothing like it now. We’re talking about the legendary G. Fox department store in downtown Hartford, that closed its doors for good twenty years ago this week.
In our Face the State Flashback this past Sunday, we aired two reports from our archives that aired on Eyewitness News on January 22, 1993. Our then WFSB business reporter Jim Vicevich was inside the G. Fox on its final day as bargain hunters looked for deals and souvenirs.
My former co-anchor Virginia Cha was also in the building as the iconic art deco doors were locked for the last time. It was an emotional scene as store workers embraced, and shoppers teared up knowing a chapter of Connecticut history was ending, likely never to be repeated.
I apologize for some of the audio glitches in this old videotape. You can watch the entire flashback, right here at this link: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8212047
You can also watch another G. Fox flashback filed in 2011 that focuses on the the announcement in 1992 that G. Fox was closing. Here’s the link to that: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/face-the-state-flashback-the-g-fox-era-comes-to-an-end/
Plus, remember the Hartford skyscraper boom that never happened? http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/what-hartford-might-have-bee/
About the author: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/marking-20-years-at-wfsb/