After Nearly a Decade of Vacancy, Pine Avenue Building Leased to Shoe Retailer

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Photo by Brian Addison.

The leasing sign at 248 Pine Ave. has been up for years. The building was once home to an Express retail outlet before that (along with its neighboring Bath & Body Works) shuttered its doors around 2005. The space then devolved into an on-and-off pop-up dollar book shop with odd hours.

Nearly a decade since a formal retailer has called the downtown building home, Coldwell Banker Commercial has leased the 6,000 sq. ft. space to Shiekh Shoes, adding another shoe shop to the four other shoe shops within less than half a mile radius (Victor’s Shoes, Easy Fit, Footaction, and Rosy’s Shoes).

Based out of Ontario, California and ran by Shiekh Ellahi, the shoe retailer boasts of 140 stores stores in California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan and Texas.

Construction has already begun within the space to make way for Shiekh; however, a specific opening date has not been provided.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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