In 1851, Richard Cross, who sold boots and shoes on King Street, put an ad in the Alexandria Gazette. He informed his customers he was moving his shop to a spot nearby — “The room has been fitted up at considerable expense, with reference both to looks and to convenience.”
In the wake of "Why Not" ending their era of sales at 200 King Street, we found out Comfort Shoes will be moving in there this summer.
Comfort One Shoes, a locally owned family business founded in Old Town in 1993, has eighteen locations in the DMV.
They are financing a much needed rehabilitation of the interior, aiming for an approach that will feature exposed brick.
Business must be good, as Comfort One Shoes will continue to maintain their presence at their current location across from 200 King Street.
By the way, there is an interesting history to this building. Built in the early part of the 19th century by Jacob Hoffman, it originally had a hipped roof. After a fire damaged the fourth floor in 1949, the current shed like roof was installed.