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Press release from the Barn Family Shoe Store….

The Barn Family Shoe Store, New England’s favorite destination for stylish, high-quality footwear for the entire family, announced today it has signed a lease agreement to relocate the business and co-anchor the new Washington Place development in Newton.  A grand reopening is expected in the fall of 2020.

The Barn, a retail fixture since 1948, will move less than a mile to the east on Washington Street from its longtime location at 25 Kempton Place in West Newton, due to a planned redevelopment of the property.  The Barn will be the first locally owned business with a lease at Washington Place, the mixed-use project of Mark Development under construction at the corner of Washington and Walnut streets in the village of Newtonville.

“The Barn’s loyal customers are the key to our success and we are grateful for the support they have shown our independent family business for over 70 years,” said Joe Carrigan, president of The Barn Family Shoe Store.  “We are confident that our new location at Washington Place will offer them greater convenience and an improved shopping experience while also contributing to the vitality of Newtonville.”

The Barn’s new space will encompass 8,500 square feet of retail space on a single floor in the heart of Washington Place.  At its new location, the award-winning shoe store will continue to carry best-selling brands of high-quality footwear and casual apparel for women, men and children with the added convenience of housing the merchandise under one roof.

“It’s wonderful news to hear that The Barn and the Carrigan family will be staying in the neighborhood,” said Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. “This is a great example of how new development can accommodate our local businesses so Newton families can continue to enjoy this institution that has served families for generations.”                                                                                              

Patrons will have access to over 100 free surface parking spaces in the complex.  The new store will have an entrance connecting to a landscaped plaza extending from Washington Street and another doorway facing Walnut Street.