Jamiel's Shoe World Closes Down
The 75-year-old business will be closing its doors for good, and soon.
The month of April has marked a number of business closures including Tuscan Tavern, Backroad Grille and the upcoming closure of Mercier's Hardware. Now, Jamiel's Shoe World, a true family owned mom-and-pop shoe store in Warren has announced that the business will also be closing.
In September of 2011, locals panicked when Francis Jamiel placed a sign on the side of the Jamiel's Shoe World building soliciting space for lease. At the time, Jamiel denied that the business would be shutting down and told Patch that, due to a shift in focus, they no longer needed the amount of floor space they used to and wanted to downsize and share the space with another business.
But just more than 6 months after putting up the lease sign, Jamiel's Shoe World owners announced that the 75-year-old business would in fact be closing its doors for good, and soon. According to EastBayRI.com, the store will close at the end of the month.
In September, Jamiel told Patch that the business audience had shifted from children and teens to adults and those who needed specially fitted shoes for foot problems. And at the time, Jamiel whole-heartedly believed that big box stores were no match for his small town shop.
“We do what big box stores don’t do. We measure people’s feet and work with them individually,” he said in September. “Those stores don’t have people to help our customers."
Did you receive exceptional service at Jamiel's? Do you remember going there for your Sunday best shoes or to be fitted for a new shoe size? Do you remember always leaving with a balloon in hand? We want to know what you love and remember about Jamiel's Shoe World. Tell us in the comments section!