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The downtown Bay: Looking back

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You get a sense things were pretty frantic at the downtown Bay a month before it opened in 1926.

Crazy-busy might be best way to describe it.

There were 914 people working on the new, six-storey department store during the week of Oct. 20, according to the weekly construction report prepared at the time for the Hudson’s Bay Company. It was a heady time for the Bay and the city.

But the glory days of the downtown Bay have long since passed. Like other big downtown department stores in other North American cities, the question now is what to do with it. The only sure thing anyone can say is that it will never be a department store again.

What are are other cities doing with their downtown department stores? Pick up Saturday's Free Press to see Bruce Owen's story examining the options.

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