Harry’s Shoes, a neighborhood staple for decades, just expanded in a big way: the store more than doubled the size of its adult showroom, adding new brands, extra seating and glowing signs out front.
The grand reopening on Thursday included a proclamation from the mayor congratulating the owners. The store’s showroom grew from 2,800 to 6,500 square feet. Harry’s also added “new display walls and tables, a unique salon-style women’s section with banquette seating, and enhanced selection of bridge and designer shoes, as well as expanded stockroom and office space.” We broke the story about the expansion here.
Harry’s has been around since 1931, and has been on the Upper West Side since 1975. The company expanded despite the crappy economy and some intimidating new competition nearby: DSW recently opened a 26,000 square foot store on 79th and Broadway, and Geox is opening at 82nd Street and Broadway in the former home of Liberty Travel. Joe Goldberg (or Joe G), who ran the store for decades, passed away in March, but guided the expansion before he died. Third-generation owner Robert Goldberg now runs the store.
“It’s a totally different store, more customer-service-friendly, a whole new layout. We really enhanced the customer experience,” said Ellie Simpson, a manager at the store.
A photo of the store’s old facade is below.
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Thanks to Phil Vasquez for the photos. Old Harry’s facade photo by Ed Yourdon via flickr.