New business set to open in Upshur

BUCKHANNON – Shoe Show will open its doors to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. The new store is located in a building known to the local community as the former Movie Starz, a 5,625 square-foot building along U.S. Route 20 South in Buckhannon, close to Tennerton. It is located next to Freedom Bank.

“Buckhannon is a very nice town with friendly people who needed a family shoe store to provide quality shoes at a great price,” Director of Visual Merchandise and Marketing for Shoe Show Vicki Ayers O’Donnell said.

“Shoe Show is a popular-price retailer, and we want our discounted prices to be passed on to the local consumer,” O’Donnell added. “You will find both private labels and well-known brands such as Nike, Reebok, New Balance, Skechers and many, many more.”

Shoe Show also carries the brands Eastland, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Hush Puppies, Life Stride, Rocky Boots, K Swiss, Keds, New Balance and Hi-Tec, according to a press release. O’Donnell said that the store will house more than 8,600 pairs of shoes, handbags and accessories for customers of all ages.

O’Donnell said the Buckhannon location opening will be a “soft opening” and that there will not be any unique opening sales or events.

The opening of Shoe Show in Buckhannon will bring the SHOE SHOW, INC. chain to 1128 stores, with the headquarters located in North Carolina.

Shoe Show was first opened by Robert B. Tucker 53 years ago, according to a press release. Tucker used carpeting he bought from a church and spray painted racks that he, with help from others, painted. The first store employed only Tucker, his wife and a part-time employee. Today, the company employes more than 9,500 people across 38 states. Shoe Shoe now is averaging a new store opening once every seven days, according to the

release.

The distribution center averages a shipment of $1 million pair of shoes per week using a paperless, radio-frequency system, according to the release. The corporate office and distribution center employs about 580 people.