Clarks Shoes latest store to declare at mall

mjohnson@bradenton.comJune 3, 2014 

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Clarks Shoes, a British shoemaker known for its air-infused footwear, is coming to the Mall at University Town Center.

The maker and seller of comfortable and casual footwear will bring its shoes, boots, clogs, sandals, and slippers to a 2,400-square-foot retail space at the soon-to-open mall, according to a construction permit filed with Sarasota County this week.

The nearly 200-year-old shoe brand is not the only footwear company that has committed to the two-story, 880,000-square-foot mall, but it is one of the earliest to place its footprint.

The Walking Company, seller of active and casual shoes, is also confirmed to be building a retail space at the mall.

This is not Clarks' first area location. The company has a store at the Ellenton Premium Outlets mall that it shares with its affiliated formal shoe line Bostonian.

Clarks was founded in 1825 in Street, England, by Quaker brothers Cyrus and James Clark. According to the company's website, Clarks was an early innovator, designing the first shoe intended to fit to the contours of the human foot.

The company has more than 260 retail stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Its U.S. revenues are over $800 million. The company shipped 19 million pairs of shoes in North America in 2011.

The Mall at University Town Center is scheduled to open on Oct. 16. It is under construction at the corner of Cattlemen Road and University Parkway. Taubman Centers is leasing and managing the mall.

Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027, or on Twitter@MattAtBradenton.

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