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Robert's Shoe Store, 740 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The building permit for the brick buildings at 730-740 East Lake Street was filed July 20, 1889 by an E.J. Romo. In 1937 Nathan Roberts was an employee at Kaplan's, when it was on Franklin Avenue. A chain store called Minneapolis Shoe Company was going bankrupt, and Roberts had the idea to buy one of their stores, at the corner of Chicago and East Lake Street. The Sears department store and warehouse had been built a few years earlier, and two streetcars passed by the corner, so he figured it would be a good location. Roberts specialized in selling shoes of all sizes. His motto was "Hardly a Foot We Can't Fit." Roberts worked in the store until his death in the late 1990s at age 89. In 1982, Nathan Roberts recruited his son-in-law Mark Simon to work in the store. Simon found he liked retail sales as much as his father-in-law. Simon and his wife bought the business in 2000. In 2014 Mark Simon closed Robert's Shoe store. He retained ownership of the store and the adjacent buildings. He rented the former store space to Ali Mansour who opened Galaxy Wireless. Other tenants:
Rene Thompson's Dance Studio
Marisqueria Mar Y Tierra Restaurant
Michael's hip hop clothing shop and recording studio, (Michael Barnes)
Pain Relief Center
Jackson Hewitt Tax
DJ U collective
Sean Smuda's Pirsig and Biennale Galleries
Film maker Alex Ulrich
Artist Joy Spika

The buildings at 700-740 East Lake Street were destroyed by a fire on May 28th 2018

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