One of Lexington's most famous names in shoes is heading to a new location.
John Sensenig's family of stores will soon close its John's at Lexington Green location, which has come to the end of its five-year lease, and move to a building it has purchased near its home base in Chevy Chase.
"It's a real opportunity to not have a landlord, which is always really nice," Sensenig said, laughing.
The Lexington Green store hadn't worked as well for the company as he had hoped, too, he said.
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The property he acquired was home to his John's New Classic Shoes store, which he leased. The same South Ashland Avenue property also was home to restaurants, most recently Harvest Restaurant, he said. The two spaces were connected by a doorway that had been drywalled over.
After his landlord died a year ago, he purchased the building and its two spaces and is now in the process of renovating to allow the two sides to connect. That way, he said, people can shop in both John's New Classic Shoes and what name, if any, is given to the inventory that is brought over from the former Lexington Green location.
The purchase of the building will provide the family of stores, which also includes The Original John's Run/Walk Shop across the street, with more parking, he noted.
The Lexington Green location, which was near the entrance to Joseph-Beth Booksellers, was around twice the size, "so we'll have to cut down somewhat on inventory," he said.
The store will remain open through at least the end of February and maybe into March, and inventory will be marked down.
There are no plans to close the John's New Shoes Plus in Woodhill off New Circle Road, Sensenig said. The lease on that location isn't up for another couple of years, he said.