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Berg’s shoe store in downtown Spokane closes; owners don’t cite a reason

The husband-wife owners of Berg's Shoes, one of downtown Spokane’s longest-surviving retail stores, announced they’ve closed the business.

Beth and Alex McCauley recently posted a note on the store’s door announcing the closure. In 2010 the McCauleys bought the business from Chris Berg, the grandson of the business’s founder, Oliver Berg.  

Originally started in the Peyton Building, Berg’s Shoes survived in downtown Spokane for more than 80 years, specializing in footwear for children.

In 1942 the family moved to its current address at 818 W. Sprague. During the 1960s the family-owned business added stores in University and Shadle Park malls.  In the 1990s the owners closed all but the downtown store.

On their Facebook page the McCauleys didn’t offer a reason for closing, saying: “To all our valued customers and those who have supported us, it is with a heavy heart we announce that Berg's Shoes is closed. We sincerely appreciate all your support and have truly loved serving the Spokane Community over the last four years.”

Photo: SR file photo. Former owner Chris Berg stands next to new owner Alex McCauley.

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