What Goes in the Farr's Shoe Storefront?

6,000 square foot corner space at Broad and New streets might be ideal for dining.


Last week, Mayor John Callahan and other officials descended on the old Farr’s shoe store building at the corner of W. Broad and N. New streets to hail the $3.8 million renovation of the 1920s Beaux Arts building as a success.

The building looks great and 19 of 24 upscale apartments in the upper three floors are rented. But there is one key missing ingredient: A tenant for the 6,000 square foot corner storefront where shoes used to be sold.

As explained in this Express-Times story, a deal to bring an Irish pub to the location has fallen through. But there are still high hopes that another restaurant will find the space attractive for its location at a key downtown corner and its floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to W. Broad and N. New streets.

Ashley Development Corp. is willing to subdivide the $17 a square foot space, but that is not the preference.

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