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Empire State Building kicking out 94-year-old shoe repair shop

Landlord Empire State Realty Trust opted not to renew business' lease
June 19, 2015 02:10PM

The shoes passing through the lobby of the Empire State Building — and surrounding offices in Midtown — will shine a bit less bright.

Louis Shoe Rebuilders, 94-year-old business, is being forced out of its ground-floor space in the iconic skyscraper, the New York Post reported. The shoe repair company has been located on the ground floor of the building since it opened in 1931. The business was founded 10 years prior, in 1921.

But now, the tower’s landlord, Empire State Realty Trust, has decided to not renew the shoe shiner’s lease. The business won’t be relocating, owner Beatrice Barbieri told the newspaper.

“It’s terribly disrespectful,” Barbieri told the Post. [NYP] — Claire Moses