Fast Feet takes the next step to new location

 

Fast Feet Shoe Repair moved from its location at the Dover Mall to 222 S. DuPont Hwy in Dover, near the Loockerman Street intersection. (Special to Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

DOVER — After 25 years in Dover Mall, Fast Feet Shoe Repair has moved south to 222 South DuPont Highway in Dover — near the Loockerman Street intersection.

Although Joseph Simon said his location in the mall had ideal foot traffic, steadily rising rent convinced him to move his operation.

“A lot of stores seem to be leaving the mall because of the high rent — Jeweler’s Loupe, Lane Bryant, Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries, McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A all left too,” he said. “I tried to talk with them (Simon Property Group), but they didn’t do anything about it so I had to leave.”

Mr. Simon was paying $6,000 per month to rent his 600-square-foot storefront at the mall, he said. Not only does his new location offer him 1,600 square feet of space, but the rent is half the price.

“When I started at the mall 25 years ago, the rent was $1,700, but it went up almost every single year,” said Mr. Simon. “During my time there, the mall was sold three times. First to GGP Inc., then Mills Corporation and then Simon Property Group. Simon has been the worst of all three. They jacked the rent up very aggressively. I loved the location and I did very well there because it was right next to Men’s Warehouse and a lot of people visit the mall, but writing that $6,000 check every month was just way too much pressure for a small, one-man business.”

Although he knows the foot traffic at his new location won’t compare to the mall, between the rent savings and customer loyalty, Mr. Simon is confident that Fast Feet will hit the ground running.

“We reopened on April 1 and already my old customers are all following me,” he said. “Delaware has always been very good to me, people from Wilmington to the beaches come to me. Styles are changing, but member of the military, police precincts, college professors and local people who appreciate well-made shoes are still consistent customers. Even most of the doctors in Dover send their patients to me for orthotics.”

Fast Feet owner Joseph Simon

Mr. Simon plans on offering the same services and retail selection he did at his mall location.

“We stock any shoe care product you can think of,” said Mr. Simon. “Waxes, creams, dyes, conditioners, polishes, edge and sole dressings, shoe trees, shoe stretcher and laces. Basically everything. I offer full service for any type of shoe or boot too. Repairs, cleaning, resoling and resizing, you name it. I work with all sorts of leathers, zippers and buttons. I work on purses, bags, jackets and belts too.”

For more information, call 302-674-8199.

Ribbon Cuttings

• Go Glass — Glass specialist franchise hosted a ribbon cutting with the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce on 3895 N. DuPont Hwy in Dover on May 10. For more information, call 302-674-3390.

• Make-a-Wish Delaware — the foundation will host a ribbon cutting with the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce on June 5 at 10:30 a.m. on 435 North Dupont Hwy in Dover.

Announcements

• Dover Downs Hotel and Casino — The hotel and casino earned the AAA’s 2018 Four Diamond Award rating in the past 12 months along with The Green Room and Hotel du Pont in Wilmington and Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. The rating is the travel authority’s highest designation for hotels and restaurants.

Coming soon

•MY SALON Suite of Dover — will be hosting its grand opening event today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its location on 250 Gateway South Blvd. in Dover. The event will feature tours, appetizers and refreshments and a ribbon cutting at noon.

 

Reach staff writer Ian Gronau at igronau@newszap.com

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