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Hanig’s Adds 6th Door

Despite tough economic times, Hanig’s Footwear is forging ahead with expansion.

The retailer’s latest location — which opened at the end of March on North Avenue in Chicago —“is off to an extremely good start,” said owner Peter Hanig.

“The initial response was better than we expected,” he said. “We’re still in a difficult economy, I think the stock market dip we’ve seen [recently] is an indicator of continuing problems, but we’re hoping for nice, slow growth.”

The space is located within two blocks of Apple, J. Crew and Banana Republic, which has helped generate buzz.

The digs, which span 3,800 square feet, incorporate a vibrant range of colors, to give the space a “warmer” feel, said Hanig. Standout brands include Hunter Boots, Vibram Fivefingers, Dansko and new addition Merrell. Hanig said the store is “hitting a wide range of clientele.”

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