WILL Documentaries

Illinois Pioneers: Downtown Department Stores

Special | 27m 3s

Kyle Robeson, grandson of the founder of Robeson's Department Store, and Gordon Tracy, general manager of Joseph Kuhn's and former employee of W. Lewis and Company, discuss the rise and fall of the downtown department stores in Champaign. Opened in 1865, Kuhn's was the first, and still exists. Others went out of business or moved to moved to Marketplace Mall once it was built.

Aired: 04/29/10

Rating: NR

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