Comfort One Shoes Expansion to occur in 2017
This is an update to this post. As we were the first to tell you, the owner of The Why Not Shop in Alexandria, Virginia this past winter announced the shop was closing the doors after 53 years in business in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Now, we can be the first to tell you what is replacing the Old Town institution at 200 King Street.
A new owner has taken over the building and plans to lease the first two (2) floors to Comfort One Shoes. Sources tell me this will be an expansion of the current store located right across the street at 201 King Street and tell me the expansion will occur in mid to late 2017.
There will be changes forthcoming at the historic 19th century building that was built by Jacob Hoffman between 1802 and 1810. These changes are to accommodate the new tenant.
Plans, which have been approved by the Board of Architectural Review, call for:
- Demolition of the two projecting first floor bay windows on South Lee Street.
- Replacement of all first floor doors with metal (Hopes brand) inset storefront doors. The
primary Lee Street door will have sidelights, while the new door system on King Street
will consist of full-light glass double doors. Both doors will have an integrated multilight
transom. The single door on South Lee Street will be replaced with a single fulllight
- Replacement of the existing wood multi-light storefront windows with new metal
storefront windows with a single pane of glass under a multi-light transom.
- Replacement of the existing multi-light windows on the second and third floor with new
Jeld-Wen (Siteline EX) wood, double-hung windows with simulated divided lights.
- Conversion of the two fire stair doors on South Lee Street to multi-light casement
windows above painted wood panels.
- Installation of a metal mesh over a rooftop utility well to locate mechanical equipment.
- Installation of a recessed alcove with a steel door on the alley (south) elevation.