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 T. Now, , 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 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!

sheila Morris-Sardinha April 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM
A trip to Jamiel's Shoes was a MUST for our son's first baby shoes, his first sneakers, and his new school shoes every year. You were going to a 'friends' place where they greeted you with sincere caring, and measured and guided you with skill. Witnessing them closing is like watching yet another 'fabric of our community' fade into non-existence. Sad to see them close. Sincerely wish the Jamiel 'family' the very best. Thank you for those many years of servicing our community with quality shoes and exceptional service.
Deborah Campbell Bellows April 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I am sorry to see them close. What happened to the Obama Free Money "Economic Stimulus Package" that Jamiel's received in 2009? Did it help? The following is a quote from The Christian Science Monitor in May of 2009 " Gave Jamiel’s Shoe World, Rhode Island’s largest family-owned shoe store, a second chance at survival with a $400,000 loan mostly backed by the Small Business Administration."
Giordano Bruno April 17, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Not good news. Sorry it's happening. Thanks for the years of shoes and service. How many people who are reading this never bought a pair of shoes at Jamiels? A totally unscientific poll.
Pat April 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Sorry to see them close - last year, my husband wanted a pair of golashees for snowblowing - Jamiels was the only place I could find them at. They will be missed.
3 All the Way April 17, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Too bad. Why after a great local business closes everyone feels bad. I don't blame the economy, jobs etc. I blame the people who leave behind the local business ownwers to shop at the BIG BOX STORES...thats the problem. Some people feel that saving under Ten Dollars at Bobs Store is the way to go. When did Bobs Store do anything for our area? Same with Home Depot...Lowes...Sams Club, yes they offer good deals, but what have they done for the East Bay. The have crippled local family run business...The same family businesses, that have supported the communitiy with sport sponsorships...buying ads in programs...supporting many local events. The public who these local companies have supported have assisted in closing these businesses down. Yes, I could have saved maybe $50.00 bucks on a washer and dryer, but Gils has been around for ever and the customer service is much better than Home Depot/Lowes. Besides, Gils has community involvement. I could go on and on...there are so many items that can be purchased in the East Bay...New Toyotas, yes Bristol Toyota is a very large supporter of the community....Did you think JT'S would have been around longer if the locals didn't flock to Home Depot to save money while they bought products with LESS QUALITY. I could go on and on. I am sad to say, My Shoe Store is Closing.
nan April 17, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Sorry to hear it. Does this mean someone signed a lease for the space? Who? I sure do hate to see yet another empty storefront on Main St.
Robert April 17, 2012 at 02:15 PM
This is a very tough economy for niche products and services; If Americans would focus their spending on Domestic made products; we'd hear more about the closures of big box stores and expansions of mom & pop stores. But that won't happen..... Who could pass up a Buy 1 Get 1 Free toilet brush or Double coupons on lima beans? and everyone likes the Wal-Mart smiley man :) Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it
PheePhee April 17, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I was scrolling down to write the same message...a deal isn't always a deal when it puts the mom and pop out of business...and look what that got us...a nice 401k for about 4 years and that's tanked too. The writing was on the wall at Jamiels going back 7-8 years when their selection dwindled as the better styles were reserved for the big stores. They never had anything in my size at the end. I hope they transition ok and hope they are secure.
Bob Venice April 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM
For all the people in Warren, this is a great loss. The shoe store not only gave the best of service but the entire family always went above and beyond in giving money to all sports leagues in giving donations. I say to Mrs Jamiel, May God Bless, and to Tut, who stood along side his mother, may your future bring happiness and success in your next adventure. A truely fantastic family.
Chris Ferreira April 17, 2012 at 04:25 PM
The east bay is losing another institution. The Jamiel's are great people to deal with and I wish them nothing but the best in the future.
Jack Baillargeron April 17, 2012 at 04:53 PM
What a sad day, one of the few places that had size 15 shoe samples to try on. Will miss it. ;-{
Debra St.Germain April 17, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Very sad news............ Debbie
Ray DeForge April 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM
It is what it is..........we have chosen price over loyalty, quantity over quality, arrogance over humility, isolation over inclusion. Back in the 1950's, I remember going to Jamiel's with my Dad each year to get those new pair of black & white Keds for those "funderful" summer days. The smiles and familiarity of the "grown-ups" at the store engaging in "local" conversations (gossip) is well remembered, as I tried to pull my Dad away, so I could go out to play. It is soooo sad to see the world I knew as a kid literally disappearing in front of my eyes. EVERYTHING was on Main Street, and you knew everyone in the stores. My Godfather, Nick Delekta, served up the BEST vanilla cabinets at his Pharmacy; which according to the latest Google Earth street views, still retains the same facade persona as it did in the late 1940's. As I looked at that picture, the strong vanilla taste of that very drinkable beverage began swirling in my mind's taste buds. Nothing on this planet has yet to even come close........ such is the vulnerability of durability. Which beg the "bigger question" : As a Nation, are we on our way to "self-destruction"? Do we (in the words of the latest Bruce Springsteen song) "take care of our own" ? Has the "corporatization" of the planet taken away our sense of "community" ? Are we; now and forever, "on our Own" ? God, I hope not. But then again, only time will tell................. it is what it is. - the "Sausage King" !
Ray DeForge April 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM
- - - - the problem can also be linked to "prices" and "wages"........ one rapidly rising, while the other painfully falls. True, better choices could have been made earlier; when wages were good, and "status" was determined by the "amount of toys" one possessed. Now the average working stiff is paying the penalty of his sin. Declining wages and soaring prices leaves him with no choice at all, except denial. To us "leading edge Boomers", it is indeed a sad day that your store is closing, for we remember what a wonderful place it was, and that such wonderful places will never be again.
John Tattrie April 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Very Sadd losing Jamiel Shoe, we have bought shoes for all the kids there at one given time or another, it was always a easy trip there to accomplish fitting the kids for a new pair. Now it soon will hit the list of vacant buildings in Warren. At Warren's present rate of decent we should be watching tumble weeds blowing down Main St by the end of the year. Oh yes and that phrase "Develop Warren Wisely" comes to mind....what a farce! These were the same people that chased business away and come up with parking issues as the "fix-all" for Warren...lets not forget the wonderfull sign ordinance....oh yes and we don't need another Restuarant on water St....theres no place to park. And we don't want the Condo's at American Tourister, lets leave it vacant thats so much better. But look at the bright side, they found a Grant to fix Broken Bridge and extend the bikepath to no-where....that is important. But don't fix the time-bomb on Locust Terrace (Sewer Pump Station). Let's vote that down because it doesn't affect us, only the poor souls in south Warren.........And lets not forget Liberty Street School, that place is so much better off undeveloped so people can leave their unregistered cars parked there and we can watch it fall down around itself. Where are all these trouble makers that created this downfall for Warren now......No where to be found. I hope you all feel good about yourself now because this is just the begining of a great many more things to leave Warren. What a mess!
Joe Burns April 18, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Always went as a little kid. I went a few years back after not going for a long time.... they STILL remembered I was the kid with the huge feet!
Linda Rimoshytus April 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I will sadly miss Jamiel'l Shoe World, not only because ordering special shoes from a fine local merchant will no longer be possible but the wonderful family who was always so accomadating and friendly will also be missed. Our local support of Mom and Pop businesses is vital if we want to see the preservation of what makes Warren the great place it is. Let's stop being so "business unfriendly" to all who try to make a living here and start buying and spending local---if indeed we still can do that with every great business being forced to close due to our sluggish economy. What kind of message are we sending to others??
Mary Lou Cowart April 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I have noticed that some of the comments here refer to the LOAN of 400,000 that was obtained by the shoe store. As was stated on a morning talk show there in RI, Francis stated that the building was used as collateral and would be paid back when the building is sold. The Jamiel Family was not given "Free Money" has someone stated. Francis said they have no plans to ignore the repyment of that loan as many big businesses have done.
dave April 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Is this now considered another Obama stimulus FAILURE? Where did the $$$ go that the taxpayers ponied up for 3 years of choosing this "winner"? Did the nothing-to-do Elizabeth Roberts come down and pat you on the back and say she did everythhing she could do to "save" you? Where any jobs actually "created" with the stimulus money or you just paid the overdue bills? You took Government $$$. We deserve to know where the money went.
Jack Baillargeron April 19, 2012 at 04:40 PM
You are correct Mary, the word is LOAN. Think people are confused, because of all the Fed loans of late that are not or never will be paid back. I am sure that Jamiels, are not like that, and I would rather see the state helping a small business then lending $75 million for a video game that may not even sell. -}
Mary Lou Cowart April 20, 2012 at 12:13 AM
If you get a student loan and fail to complete college, no one knows how that money was used and you still pay it back. If you use your home for collateral to make home repairs and you will probably get a lien if you do not repay. The Shoe store owes no one a break down of how those funds were used since it was a loan and not free money. They are upstanding people and intend to repay that loan. If they default, then you may ask questions of how it was used. All those big companies took money and gave each other big bonuses. If the Jamiel Family could have stayed in business, do you honestly think they would be closing? it is not just another "store" it is a families bread and butter.
B/STOCK April 22, 2012 at 04:51 AM
"I am sure that Jamiels, are not like that" You must believe in the tooth fairy and Santa too. Do you think that property in Warren is worth $4000,000. It's probably already mortaged for more than it's worth with the Federal government being the second leinholder. I hope I am wrong but my bet is we the taxpayers just lost another $400,000.
Jack Baillargeron April 22, 2012 at 02:54 PM
To Michael Panasuik; Way to suppot a small Family business, not. So you have information they will not pay the loan back? Does the article say they are in bankruptcy? Do you plan on insulting all poster at the very beginning of your post? Considering it is only your 2nd post, perhaps you should try being a little less cynical. It also would seem that you have a smartest guy in the room atitude lol. Somehow I do not think you have been through the finances of this business or personaly know them. To dave, to try and make this some kind of solyndra Obama failure is laughable to me lol. Like Mike assumption, you know nothing of the inner working of the loan, the business, the family or anything else, other than this article. What gives you the right to demand a small business itemize for you, when there is nothing showing even a default, not to mention you do not even know the terms of the small busines loan they got. Well I agree wih the failure of the so called Obama free money, the Small Business administation has been doing this for decades, it is their job, long before BO was around or even heard of. Family Buinesses are closing all over, 5 with in a mile of me in the last 6 or so months, perhaps you should look at that cause, i.e. no economic brains in state or fed, instead of blaming the small business owner. Especialy a 75 year old family business. Just a thought, of course only my fairy tale opinions. ;-} Don't know why it turned into pick on the owner
Bob Venice April 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM
To Mike and Dave. Do you both have something against the Jamiels. The loan is their bussiness, not yours, If you two idiots new anthing about the Jamiel family and how much in donations they have given out over the years, especially for youth sports, you two would just shut up. As stated bsfore, the Jamiels are a class family, and will pay the money back..
Jack Baillargeron April 23, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I agree Barney, evidently a chip on the shoulder it would seem by them, thugh it woud appear that mike has changed to b/stock. For some reason. In any case it seems very sad that anyone would spout such nonsense when a family business is down. But then again "Karma" has a way of equaling things out ;-}.


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