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Another one bites the dust: Sammi’s Shoebox closing after 76 years

Sammi’s Shoe Box, the place where your grandparents might have gotten their shoes as kids, will be closing after 76 years, according to a sign that popped up in the window last week.

Sammi's Shoe Box

We can’t say we’re surprised that the shop, at  1916 E Passyunk Ave., is closing. Back in April, we wrote that the store had been put up for rent, asking a whopping $4,500 a month for the 2,000 square foot space plus the basement. The price has come down.

According to a new rental listing, “rent is $3,500 for a restaurant and $2,500 for a retail space.” OK, that’s a little more like it. Or, you could just buy the business outright:

Sammi's Shoe Box (2)

So, you could look at this development one of two ways: as a wistful lament of days gone by, or as a huge opportunity for a rare large commercial space to come onto the market. We could just as well be talking about the former St. Jude’s store one block up.

And what about the two prices for different operations? Is that standard?

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7 Responses to Another one bites the dust: Sammi’s Shoebox closing after 76 years

  1. Tasker Morris January 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    It looks there are going to be some other vacancies on the 1800 Block, The Shoe Barrel has a going out of business sign in their window and Sweet Alyssa has a “moving sale” sign in their window.

  2. lucho January 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm #


  3. Derek January 9, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    If Jane’s Yarn Shoppe goes down, I’m moving to Fishtown.

  4. Stephanie January 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Such sad news! This is a great store that offers a rare service of sizing kid’s shoes with a decent selection. Now, I will have to go to Nordstrom for such a service…

  5. Thad January 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Short of echoing calls for a Trader Joe’s, maybe this (or the St Jude Shop) could turn into an independent grocery store. Maybe Green Aisle wants to expand into something like these:

  6. AnthonyG January 10, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Always thought Sweet Alyssa was an odd fit for the Ave.

  7. BethG January 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm # must be new to the neighborhood. While it is sad to see so many of the older & original businesses either moving or closing altogether, I can’t sweat them for wanting to do it while they can get premium $$$ for their locations.

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