Sold! Veinot’s Footwear will be go­ing to a new owner

Owner Fred Lohnes has been try­ing to sell the prop­erty for two years

The Queens County Advance - - COVER STORY - TC ME­DIA LIVER­POOL

Many res­i­dents in down­town Liver­pool were happy to see a big “Sold” sign on Veinot’s Footwear this week.

The owner, Fred Lohnes, has been try­ing to sell the shoe store for al­most two years.

Now, he says, he’s just wait­ing to sign the fi­nal pa­pers so the new owner can take over.

Lohnes says he’s not aware of who bought the busi­ness, or if he does, he won’t say.

He says he doesn’t know when the clos­ing date is for sure ei­ther.

“If it all goes through it will be a real re­lief,” he says.

He says in all that time, he’s only had one day off a week.

Now, he says, he plans to just stay home and help his wife.

“Try not to kill each other,” he says.

The 75-year-old res­i­dent says the only time he didn’t ei­ther work at the store or own it was when he was in the army,

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” he says.

The orig­i­nal ask­ing price for the store was $140,000. Since then, the price dropped sub­stan­tially to $49,000 for the store and the three-storey build­ing.

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