The Barn Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary and Looks to the Future




NEWTON- October 1, 2018- The Barn Family Shoe Store enters its 70th Anniversary this year and is energized to continue to provide high quality footwear and casual apparel to the families of Newton and its surrounding towns. The Barn is synonymous with family where Co-Owners, Joe and Cindy Carrigan, run the day to day operations of the store along with their son Brendan who is a Manager. The Carrigans are committed to continue to serve the local community, although The Barn plans to relocate to a new, yet to be determined, location.

Many loyal customers are aware that The Barn has been actively looking for a new retail space, including considering an option in the new Washington Place development in Newtonville. The need to relocate is due to the fact that the Carrigans do not own the buildings—they own the business. The buildings and the property were owned by the original Barn ownership and have subsequently been sold. The location and the structure of the buildings, although beloved to many generations of Barn customers, are not efficient or easily located from a retail perspective. While The Barn had hoped that Washington Place, being developed by Mark Development, would provide a good alternative, the logistics simply didn’t work out. The Barn and Mark Development have had positive and collaborative discussions over several months and remain on good terms. The Barn is continuing their search for new space and is enthusiastic about remaining in their current space until 2021 when the lease expires.

This award-winning shoe store has a lot to celebrate in its 70th year of business and is looking forward to a bright future by remaining woven into the fabric of the Newton community and being part of family tradition. The Barn’s customers are the keys to its success and they are confident about finding a convenient new location to offer the best brands and provide the outstanding customer service that they have built their reputation on over seven decades. The Barn Family Shoe Store appreciates their customers’ ongoing support and look forward to continuing to bring the best products and customer service while supporting their community.



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