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After four decades, Carlin’s closes

Submitted by on 1, October 6, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

Carlin’s Shoes, which has been in business for 42 years, closed the doors on its Alameda Towne Centre location for good on Sunday.

No word yet on why the store’s owners decided to close. No one answered the phone at the store on Monday, and visitors to the shopping center who hadn’t yet heard the news that the store was closing peered through the locked doors at a bevy of handmade “Store Closing” signs and racks that were still heavy with shoes.

Jim Pedley opened the store at Towne Centre in 1967, and his son, Tom, joined him in 1994. In addition to a broad selection of children’s shoes (I’ll confess it was always my first stop for kids’ shoes), the store also offered high-quality adult footwear.

The closure follows that of the well-known and loved Towata Flowers, which has operated out of its Santa Clara Avenue location for more than six decades. (The Journal’s Lucinda Ryan had a nice story on that on Friday.)

On the up side, Towne Centre has two new businesses moving in in the months to come. Antidote Salon, which will be owned by veteran Alameda hairstylist George Perez and makeup artist Jessica Simpson, opens up next to Massage Envy in November. And Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers, a San Francisco joint that was recently judged #1 burger in the city in a Bobby Flay-judged contest, opens up near Panera Bread and Alameda Beauty Center in February 2010.

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