And Then There Were 7: Footprints is the Latest Main Street Business Casualty

What's going on with Main Street businesses?

The Footprints shoe store is going out of business. It's the seventh Main Street business to recently announce it's closing. (Photo: Judy Davids for Patch)
The Footprints shoe store is going out of business. It's the seventh Main Street business to recently announce it's closing. (Photo: Judy Davids for Patch)

Another longtime Royal Oak Main Street business has announced its closing. The shoe store  Footprints, 115 S Main St., is going out of business.

The store specializes in comfort footwear, including the Birkenstock, Naot, Saucony, Keen, Dansko and other brands.

The store is the seventh Main Street business to announce in recent months that it’s going out of business.

Others include  Gemmayze, Incognito, Cold Stone Creamery, Franklin Fine Wine and Ariana Gallery.Barnes & Noble Bookseller is closing on April 5.

What’s going on with Main Street businesses? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
RON Ostrodamus March 17, 2014 at 06:54 PM
This is great! WE need to take off the rose colored glasses freely provided by Barb narbs and city commission friends and family.. Besides a terrific school system you don't see drunks, speeding cars and bikers in their downtown, and best of all you do NOT see litter, gum, and a carpet of butts stuffing every crack in the sidewalks. Gratis its a fraction of the size of our downtown. I would like to see Berkely encourage cafes and sidewalk tables here and there How do they survive with free parking we will never know. Slowly we are opening our eyes. We need transparency and a new city charter in our c(sh)ity hall. We do NOT need a non resident run DDA, or a mayor and commission making back door abatement deals that give away your tax dollars so our city can appear prosperous when its NOT. Ferndale errs only when they try to emulate Royal Oak with more bars and ripp off parking. I like their rustbelt market, its everything our larger farmers market could be as far as being an incubator for future small businesses. Tell you friends the Patch is back until our mayor and city hall finds a way to censor it again.
RON Ostrodamus March 28, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Remember those nostalgic days when Royal Oak, not RO was referred to as "Birkenstock City". Maybe Ferndale will take over the title now?
linn gold April 01, 2014 at 07:23 PM
Parking meters are every where, Why. business did fine with out them, plus the new ones are way to high to see, at least for me, I could not see the top where the money goes in.
RON Ostrodamus April 02, 2014 at 06:36 AM
You don't have to see the top, or be able to read that you do not have to deposit money on hangover Sunday, you just have to reach the coin slot. Come to Royal Oak's downtown."No place for old men on bicycles, or short people."


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