How it All Began
I had a crappy retail job in a schlock store at 156 west 50th Street in the late 1970’s. Woolworths was next door, and Capezio was above Woolworths on 7th Avenue. Tour busses would park on that street, and discharge tourists going to Radio City Music Hall, Broadway, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, shopping on 5th Avenue. There was a steady flow of bargain hunters, and my boss was the king of closeouts 50 years before it became a thing.