Saxon Shoes, Richmond’s largest family-owned shoe store, is being sold after 70 years of operation. The store, which was opened in 1953 by Jack and Gloria Weiner, has been under the continuous management of the Weiner family throughout its history. The business has survived and thrived despite facing various challenges, including a fire in the early 2000s and changing locations multiple times.
The current owner, Gary Weiner, announced on November 9th that Saxon Shoes will be sold to Comfort One Shoes, a shoe store chain headquartered in Alexandria. Comfort One Shoes plans to retain the Saxon name while introducing additional products and upgrading the Short Pump Town Center store. This sale is part of a transition that allows Gary Weiner to retire.
Gary Weiner, who started working in the store at age 15 and is now 66, said the move will allow him to focus on his and his family’s health and friendships. Weiner’s daughter, Amanda Weiner, who currently serves as the store’s director, will continue in her role following the transition to Comfort One Shoes.
The Weiner family, deeply attached to Richmond, plans to retire in the area.
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