Editor's Note: This property was formerly Foley's.
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District of Columbia County, District of Columbia
July 25, 2004
When the downtown Foley's opened, it was hailed as one of the world's largest department stores, and the largest with air conditioning. The store was so popular that eventually several more floors were added. In its heyday, the downtown Foley's was one of the top shopping destinations in Houston. Times have changed, and this store is no longer the flagship that it once was. While it is still the official "headquarters" store for Foley's, the downtown store has been downsized, but still offers a full selection of brand-name designer fashions for men, women, and children.
Visiting the store is somewhat of a nostalgic experience, as some of the look and feel of a department store from 30-40 years ago still exists. One unique feature is the double-escalators linking the lower floors. When the store opened, employees were stationed at the ends of each bank of escalators to assist passengers with getting on and off of the fast-moving stairways. Even today, the escalators in this store seem to move considerably faster than those in more modern stores.
The downtown Foley's seems to be experiencing somewhat of a renaissance with the opening of METRORail, and is located directly across from one of the Main St. Square METRORail boarding platforms. Parking is also available at reasonable rates in the Foley's garage, located on Travis St. The garage is connected to the store by an underground tunnel, which at the time it was built was the first in Houston (there are now over six miles of tunnels connecting downtown buildings and garages).
From journal Tour Houston By MetroRail
December 28, 2010
by Johnson L Tommie
July 6, 2009