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After 90 years, Al’s Shoe Store closing its doors

With devotion to service, East Boston fixture no longer fits in

They used to be ubiquitous: full-service shoe stores known in the trade as “sit-and-fit” shops. As in, the customer would sit, and the salesperson would fit.

At one time there were four of them in East Boston’s Meridian Street neighborhood alone. Cushie’s. Jason’s. Bobby’s. And of course, Al’s Shoe Store, which lasted longer than any of them.

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