DSW's work on new Roch store is picking up speed
I've been getting questions from eager shoppers about DSW's new Rochester shoe store.
While construction has only recently kicked off inside the 22,000-square-foot store former Old Navy store at 50 25th St. S.E., it looks like it's moving along at good clip now. I'll check with the company, but my completely uneducated guess-estimate would be that we could see an opening in Oct. or Nov.
DSW, also known as the Designer Shoe Warehouse, is based in Columbus, Ohio.
In November 2011, Old Navy sailed out of its 22,000-square-foot store at 50 25th St. S.E. between Bed Bath and Beyond and Michael's craft store. It moved farther south to a new spot nestled between Dick's Sporting Goods and Maurice's in the Shoppes on Maine retail cluster.
That left a big gap in the Broadway Commons shops area.
"Our stores have had a huge positive reaction in Minnesota," said Christina Cheng, DSW's director of investor relations, in January. "We are always looking for areas where we can expand our market share."
"We've been opening stores aggressively this year," Cheng says. "We opened 39 in 2012, and now we have 365. We're looking to open 25 to 30 more in 2013, one which will be in Rochester."