Nostalgic video and movie store in Stamford set to close its doors 

Wayne Wofsey’s store is an electronic time capsule. He's the owner of one of the two video stores left in the entire state and he recently made the decision to close. 

Jeff Derderian and Nicole Alarcon Soares

Dec 20, 2023, 10:16 PM

Updated 158 days ago

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A nostalgic video and movie store in Stamford is closing its doors after being in business for decades.
Wayne Wofsey’s store is an electronic time capsule. He's the owner of one of the two video stores left in the entire state and he recently made the decision to close. 
Wofsey opened Critic’s Choice Video store 33 years ago and has been fighting with modern and digital transitions ever since.
“There are still people that like to have something to hold in their hand, just like music, books, people like to have that physical item,” said Wofsey.
The store survived through the Blockbuster era and streaming services. 
But Wofsey says his connection with movies started long before he opened his business.
“Yes, I loved movies as a kid and took acting in my early teens,” said Wofsey.
When his acting dream was no longer on the table, Wofsey brought the stars on screen to him.
Wofsey says there’s still time for nostalgia lovers to visit the store and purchase their favorite movies.
“All DVDs are $5, VHS $2, CDs for $3, and LPs for $5,” said Wofsey.
He says more than 20,000 movie titles are still looking for a home. 
The store is set to close on Dec. 31.


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