Family works to save landmark Memphis clock - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family works to save landmark Memphis clock

(WMC-TV) - An historic Memphis building is being torn down, but its iconic clock will stand the test of time.

The Memphis landmark at the intersection of National and Summer Avenue will soon become a Family Dollar store.

Previously owned by brothers Frank and Walter Fortner, Fortner Fine Furniture was an iconic store in the 1930's.  Frank Fortner's daughter, Susan Hedgepeth, said the 14-foot clock became a staple of the community.

"It was an advertisement for Sealy Posturpedic back then," she said.  "That billboard is gone, but of course, the clock is still there."

When Robert Griffin, the owner of Bojo's Antique Mall, took ownership of the store, the clock remained.

The family said the building had become an eyesore since they were unable to keep maintenance on the structure.  They said preserving the clock will allow them to keep a part of history.

Hedgepeth said she hopes the clock will once again tick for another business.

"I'd like to donate it to a building in Memphis that would like to have it on top," she said.  "Have it where people can continue to enjoy it."

Biggs General Contracting is the demolition crew in charge of removing the clock safely.  Hedgepeth said she is reassured knowing that her father's legacy will live on.

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