The Barn Family Shoe Store Takes Step Toward Future, Signs
Lease for Anchor Retail Space in Newton’s Washington Place


NEWTON, Mass. (Sept. 9, 2019) – 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.



About The Barn Family Shoe Store


The Barn Family Shoe Store sells men’s, women’s and children’s dress and athletic footwear.  The store, which has been named Best of Boston by Boston Magazine and has won Wicked Local Media’s #1 Readers Choice Award and The BostonParents Paper Best Children’s Shoe Store Award, began modestly in 1948 when Russell Wennberg started selling overstock sneakers from the trunk of his car in the parking lot at 25 Kempton Place.  Wennberg eventually moved into the building and his wife, Lillian, later led The Barn.  In 2015, Joe Carrigan, after managing the store for nearly 25 years, took ownership with his wife, Cindy, and son, Brendan.  Daniel Swenson, a veteran of the footwear industry, has been serving as General Manager since 2015.  The Barn currently employs over 40 full- and part-time employees.