Shoe Sensation Expands to Accommodate Growth

Shoe Sensation celebrated the relocation of its warehousing operation to 800 Patrol Road in Jeffersonville, Ind., on Wednesday, January 27th with a ribbon cutting ceremony held by One Southern Indiana (1si). The event was attended by Mayor Mike Moore, the public, 1si Ambassadors and staff. Shoe Sensation is a chain of family shoe stores selling quality name-brand shoes across athletic, fashion, work and service, casual, and dress categories. Stores carry a large selection of men’s, women’s, and children’s footwear in a better-branded merchandise mix. Shoe Sensation meets the footwear needs of the entire family; the clientele ranges from toddlers to senior citizens.

Previously, Shoe Sensation’s warehouse facilities were spread across three locations and had a combined space of 80,000 square feet. The warehousing/distribution services are now consolidated into one 148,000-square-feet space in the River Ridge Commerce Center. The decision to consolidate warehouse operations came from the need for additional space for receiving and distributing product to existing stores and new store openings.

“As we enter a new phase of growth with our new ownership, J.W. Childs Associates, L.P., we are excited to have our warehouse solution resolved and in place,” said Mike Zawoysky, Chief Executive Officer of Shoe Sensation “Our new facility will provide us with the logistic infrastructure capabilities to support our goal of rapidly expanding our business over the next five years.” Shoe Sensation currently operates 124 family footwear stores in 17 Midwestern states.
The company has added 48 new locations since 2013 and has expanded into three new states. Shoe Sensation plans to accelerate its growth effort over the next 5 years, opening between 30 and 50 new stores per year. Shoe Sensation’s headquarters are located at 253 America Place in Jeffersonville.

“The River Ridge Development Authority congratulates Shoe Sensation on their expansion,” said Jerry Acy, Executive Director of the River Ridge Development Authority. “We are fortunate to have Shoe Sensation join the already broad base of industry sectors located in the River Ridge Commerce Center. This industry diversity offers residents of Southern Indiana a variety of employment opportunities and can safeguard our regional economy if there is a downturn in one particular sector. Shoe Sensation is welcome here, and we stand ready to support them in their future success.”

Wendy Dant Chesser, CEO and president of 1si said she was happy to see the continued growth of the business. “Companies like Shoe Sensation are exactly the type of business to celebrate.” Chesser said, “Not only are they a contributor to the Southern Indiana economy but they are a longtime supporter of the Clark County Youth and Family Services, Inc. Their dedication to our community is only out shadowed by their determination to provide a quality shoe for the whole family and we salute them for that.”