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For 77 years, Roberts Shoe Store has been watching the evolution of its south Minneapolis neighborhood. Now the corner of Lake and Chicago will be moving on without its landmark business.
Roberts is closing its doors.
"Emotionally, it’s difficult," said Mark Simon, the owner of Roberts Shoe Store. "I’m hoping I’m not letting down anyone, especially my in-laws."
Simon took over the business founded in 1937 by his father-in-law, Nate Roberts. The polish immigrant purchased the single store from a chain when the Minneapolis Shoe Company went bankrupt, according to Simon.
The story behind the Roberts’ closing is not a new one. Like many independent retailers, Roberts Shoes has struggled in the face of competition from malls and the internet.
Simon said sales took an immediate hit when the Mall of America opened and never recovered.
"It’s not a business model that is really workable right now," said Simon. "I think it’s time for all of us to move on."

Roberts Shoe Store, a Lake Street landmark, to close (Kare 11)
(image, from 1956, via MHS Visual Resources Database)

thomaslowrysghost:

For 77 years, Roberts Shoe Store has been watching the evolution of its south Minneapolis neighborhood. Now the corner of Lake and Chicago will be moving on without its landmark business.

Roberts is closing its doors.

"Emotionally, it’s difficult," said Mark Simon, the owner of Roberts Shoe Store. "I’m hoping I’m not letting down anyone, especially my in-laws."

Simon took over the business founded in 1937 by his father-in-law, Nate Roberts. The polish immigrant purchased the single store from a chain when the Minneapolis Shoe Company went bankrupt, according to Simon.

The story behind the Roberts’ closing is not a new one. Like many independent retailers, Roberts Shoes has struggled in the face of competition from malls and the internet.

Simon said sales took an immediate hit when the Mall of America opened and never recovered.

"It’s not a business model that is really workable right now," said Simon. "I think it’s time for all of us to move on."

Roberts Shoe Store, a Lake Street landmark, to close (Kare 11)

(image, from 1956, via MHS Visual Resources Database)