Downtown Grand Junction’s The Shoe Man closing after 40 years
WHAT: The Shoe Man
WHEN: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: 449 Colorado Ave., Grand Junction
Inventory is running low at The Shoe Man, located at 449 Colorado Ave. in Grand Junction. The downtown shop, open for four decades, is closing at the end of the month as the owner plans to retire. All shoes must go, as well as fixtures and furniture, by April 30.
“What is left is deeply discounted,” Dale Park, the owner, said.
For the past 40 years, Dale Park of Grand Junction operated a specialty shoe store in downtown. His son, Carson Park, helped run the store for 35 years.
It originally started as a women, men and children’s shoe store. It eventually turned into a work-boot store, offering steel-toed boots for construction and oil-industry workers. As many as 4,000 pairs of shoes were sold annually.
“It’s been a good 40 years,” Dale Park said. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do specifically, but I mainly hope to do some traveling and relaxing.”
The Shoe Man was also home to a boot- and shoe-repair shop, which closed in March. The repairman hopes to open another shop soon.
According to Dale Park, The Shoe Man has operated out of the same location since 1975; and he has seen many changes over the years on Colorado Avenue.
“There wasn’t anything going on at the time on Colorado Avenue,” he explained of The Shoe Man’s early years. “Since the new development it has become a premier place to be.”
As The Shoe Man is a staple on Colorado Avenue, the Downtown Development Authority is sad to see the business go.
“The Shoe Man has been a shining star on Colorado Avenue for many years,” said Jodi Niernberg, DDA board member and Grand Junction native. “They have provided much needed services to the people of Grand Junction for some time. … I will be sad to see The Shoe Man leave, but I am grateful to have had them as a staple in our community for as long as they were. I look forward to the future of Colorado Avenue and the new tenants and businesses moving in. Change is a natural progression, and we should support that.”
The store is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We are appreciative of the business and support,” Dale Park said. “We have had great customers.”
For more information, call 970-245-1674.
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