FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – After 76 years, a Framingham staple is lacing up for its last hurrah.
With Panza Shoes going out of business, Richard Panza announced he will be retiring. The 83-year-old has been working at the shop since high school when his father owned the store.
Panza specializes in hard-to-find shoes, which caused people to pack the shop to snag their last unique pair.
“Some people buy online,” Panza said. “They try it and a lot of them fail because they can’t feel it, they can’t try it on and they get disgusted.”
Now customers are stocking up, knowing that in just a couple of months, a longtime fixture of downtown Framingham will be gone. Panza said he is forever grateful for his time serving the community.
“Thank you for all the years and all that you’ve done for me,” he said as a farewell. “You did the best you could to keep me in business.”
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