After the pandemic closed many businesses in the downtown area, there is now a sense of hope and officials say it’s a time of opportunity too.
HARTFORD, Conn. — A walk through downtown Hartford reveals the grim reality of a post-COVID world. Empty storefronts where businesses once were.
“I’ve been in retail in this downtown with my husband for 44 years and I’ve never seen it this bad,” said Jody Morneault, owner of the clothing store, Morneault’s Stackpole Moore Tryon. “Each day that goes by there’s another business that closes.”
Her store sits at the corner of Pratt and Trumbull streets in the heart of downtown. From there, she has watched the pandemic transform the bustling area into merely the shell of what it was.
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