DSW opens at River Forest Town Center

Space has been vacant since 2008

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

DSW, the designer shoe warehouse, opened Thursday morning in the space that formally housed Linens-n-Things in the River Forest Town Center.

"It was a great day for River Forest today," said village trustee Cathy Adduci. "It is with great pride we welcome our newest retailer, Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), to our village," she said via email.

Adduci said she helped cut the grand opening ribbon with the store manager, regional manager and district manager. She was even the first customer to buy a pair of shoes.

The store fills the 27,000-square-foot spot that has been vacant since Linens closed in 2008. Village Administrator Eric Palm has said it was a challenging space to fill because of its location in the back corner of the complex and its large size. But the sales tax generated will eventually add to the tax base, Palm has said.

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Johanna Brocker from River Forest  

Posted: November 3rd, 2012 1:08 PM

Why doesn't River Forest encourage thriving local business? Why don't we have the bustle and charm of Forest Park, which really encourages business?

Michelle  

Posted: November 1st, 2012 12:27 PM

Those who purchase shoes at the local independent stores will not change their shopping habits- those shoppers go there for a reason. For those of us who can't afford the local independent stores and already drive out to the DSW in OakBrook- well at least now my taxes will go to my own neighborhood.

Achievement   

Posted: October 30th, 2012 5:13 AM

Great News for OPRF and consumers! IN Illinois, the economy is one of the worst in the nation thanks to two local stars - Quinn and Harmon. Harmon has gone underground, hoping and praying for the coattails effect. Wake up People, vote Harmon out. Local guy who is OWNED by Madigan!!

independent voice  

Posted: October 29th, 2012 2:25 PM

great news.. so i guess all the small shoe shops in oak park, forest park and other areas will have to struggle to make ends meet since river forest needed to increase its tax base...! typical scenario for the independent business people... i will never walk in DSW..!

Green Line Junkie  

Posted: October 27th, 2012 11:48 AM

This is great ! Another big store I can steal from.

Oakparker from Oak Park  

Posted: October 26th, 2012 8:40 PM

Dan from River Forest, you must not be familiar with DSW; it will have no trouble thriving at that location I've been shopping at their Oak Brook store for years because of their great selection of shoes. In fact, my DIL & I are planning to go there when she comes in for holidays because it will be so much closer than Oak Brook.

Jackie R from Oak Park  

Posted: October 26th, 2012 7:06 PM

I certainly plan to do my part!!

Dan Lauber from River Forest  

Posted: October 26th, 2012 6:19 PM

Bravo! Now lets spread the word so the store thrives along with so many of the other businesses in the River Forest Town Center. If we show these chains that they can do well in inner-ring suburbs like River Forest, Oak Park, and Forest Park, maybe the redlining will end.

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