My time in Fresno ended before there was a Fashion Fair Mall, or the second local Gottschalks.
My mother was a sales person at the original downtown Gottschalks before there was a Fulton Mall.
In the mid 1960s, my father was the store's Collection Manager. He performed the same job for Cooper's, another major downtown department store of the day, and owned by Gottschalk's. One of my first summer jobs during high school was as a sales person in the men's department of Cooper's.
The mall was still relatively new at the time, and downtown Fresno was still a happening place: stores, restaurants and Warner's Cinerama Theatre, were all bring Fresno downtown.
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