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Bootery Walks Across Central Avenue

Longtime Highland Park shoe store will move to former In the Raw location next month.

The Bootery will move from its current location to the former In the Raw space next month.
The Bootery will move from its current location to the former In the Raw space next month.

A longtime Highland Park business, the Bootery, will move next month from its Central Avenue location on the south side of the street to the former In the Raw space almost directly across the roadway.

The Bootery, which has been open in Highland Park for 35 years, has operated at 492 Central Avenue for the last 20 of them, according to owner Roger Wolff. “We won’t need a truck,” he said. “We’ll just walk everything across the street.”

For now, Wolff is looking for moving help from his customers. He hopes they will be buying a lot of the current inventory. “We’re having a moving sale,” he said. “We’ll even be selling some fixtures.”

Who will occupy the current space? “We’re looking for a tenant,” property owner Mitch Cobey said. Jonathan Plotkin (847-343-2204) of Endurance Retail Partners is handling the leasing for Cobey.

In the Raw has been closed since October.

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Stu Pidasso January 07, 2014 at 01:49 AM
Benny, the point I want to make was that the landlords need to work with the tenants to prevent the "musical chairs"from occurring- wiseguy
AK January 07, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Good move by the NE corner building owner and her broker - they just stole the tenant from across the street. Funny thing is the same broker is now representing original Bootery building owner. South side of the street could be a good spot for the anger management therapist and arithmetic courses. With so many gun & people haters in this town it will be always full !!!
Daniel January 07, 2014 at 11:51 AM
The store is downsizing. Shoe biz is bad. People try on shoes at stores then buy online for better prices. Same thing happened at Best Buy.
forest barbieri January 07, 2014 at 12:27 PM
@Daniel: Interesting comment that may ring true. While I have seldom shopped online for shoes, I did recently by chance buy a pair for my daughter as they were 1/2 the price in the store. In addition, I was at a rental property the other day and they had like 30 boxes from Zappo's. Guess they order a ton of shoes and then likely return most of them, which is costly for the online retailer. Seems the shoe business is very competitive with the local Mom & Pop stores selling service and convenience.

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