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October 19, 2020 Likes Comments

Landmark Newton retailer relocates to anchor retail space at Trio Newton

The Barn Family Shoe Store, New England’s favorite destination for stylish, high-quality footwear for the entire family has just relocated to a state-of-the-art new retail space at Trio Newton in Newtonville.

The Barn, a family-owned and operated shoe store since 1948, relocated to 229 Walnut Street, less than a mile east on Washington Street from its former location at 25 Kempton Place in West Newton, due to a planned redevelopment of the existing property. The Barn is officially the first locally owned business to open at Trio Newton, a mixed-use project by Mark Development at the corner of Washington and Walnut streets in the village of Newtonville.

“The key to The Barn’s success has been the generations of loyal Barn customers for over 70 years,” said Joe Carrigan, President and owner of The Barn Family Shoe Store. “We are grateful for their continued patronage, particularly during these unprecedented times, and we’re excited to share a new, enhanced shopping experience by offering greater convenience of an open floor plan for footwear and casual apparel, with lots of natural lighting, all under one roof, while also adding to the rich fabric of the Newton community.”

The Barn encompasses 8,500 square feet of retail space on the street level and has an entrance connecting to a landscaped plaza adjacent to Washington Street and another doorway facing Walnut Street. The award-winning shoe store will continue to carry top-selling brands of high-quality footwear and casual apparel for women, men, and children with the added convenience of about 100 free surface parking spaces in the complex.

“I am so pleased that our iconic family-owned shoe store, affectionately known as 'The Barn' has found a new home right down Washington Street at Trio Newton in Newtonville,” said Mayor of Newton Ruthanne Fuller. “The Barn is a wonderful exemplar of independently-owned and operated businesses that add to the uniqueness and warmth of Newton’s villages. I wish owners, Joe and Cindy Carrigan, and all their employees another 70 years of success in their new location in Newton.”

At its new location, The Barn is in close proximity to the commuter rail and a nine-minute car ride from Boston while providing the added benefit of being adjacent to sought-after restaurants, an art center, and a popular drug store. The Barn’s bright, spacious floor plan offers customers an updated shopping experience to accommodate their footwear and apparel needs while being accessible to other one-stop shopping amenities.

“Congratulations to the Carrigan family and everyone on the Barn team for managing to get through these extraordinary times and completing the move to their fabulous new space,” said Greg Reibman, President of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber. “I can’t wait to replace my old, tired shoes that I’ve been wearing since the pandemic began.”


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