Sole Stalwart Sherman Shoes is Closing Shop to Make Way for Gallery

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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​This Division Street sole stalwart is on its way out. Sherman Shoes, in business (at the same address) for nearly a century, is closing its doors in the coming days. And the store inventory is already cleared out; shelving is bare.

The bad news has been quite a while in the making, apparently. Indeed, we had been hearing chatter since summer that the building owners – family of the founder who later sold the business in the 1990s – were looking for new commercial tenants. Apparently the decision to vacate was mutual. Moreover, word on the block is that several restaurant hopefuls courted the space since then. But, as it turns out, 121 Division Street will remain a dry establishment, after all.

Ultimately, sources maintain that it’s a gallery taking the reins here. Name of this incoming showroom is not yet public, though.

Sherman Shoes was founded in 1920, and has been passed through more than three generations of ownership. The store maintained the same retail presence throughout the decades. Since most of their business is now online anyway, the company will continue to operate in the ether.

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Sherman Shoes in 1983, Photo: Municipal Archives

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