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May 30, 2022

Arklyz aggressive expansion continues with Shoe City takeover

The owner of The Athlete’s Foot (TAF) chain, Arklyz, has announced the acquisition of Baltimore-based sneaker and streetwear lifestyle retail chian, Shoe City, it’s second acquisition in under a month.

By Hannah Abdulla

Arklyz will add Shoe City to the TAF organisation, with the primary goal for each business to expand and thrive from economies of scale while continuing as leaders in the athletic speciality footwear and lifestyle category. 

The acquisition will add 40 more store locations with an expanded retail presence in the DMV region to already existing TAF locations while also benefiting from Shoe City’s e-commerce platform to help jumpstart TAF’s omnichannel strategies.

Arklyz says the acquisition was driven by Shoe City’s aligned values for a deep local community engagement and commitment to supporting their loyal customers in underserved neighbourhoods. In addition, as a retail leader, Arklyz also values Shoe City’s rich, local heritage in Maryland where the business started with one location in Baltimore in 1949 to expand to 40 stores in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia (DMV area) and together with an online platform, evolved into becoming a go-to destination for the industry’s latest sneaker releases.

“Adding Shoe City and ycmc.com to the portfolio together with TAF strengthens our position as one of the nation’s top retail destinations for footwear, apparel, and accessories,” said owner and CEO of Arklyz, Param Singh. “I am also confident that having cohesive leadership under Matthew Lafone, will not only make for a seamless transition but enable both TAF and Shoe City to execute effectively on future growth plans.”

“From starting with our first retail location in Baltimore, then expanding to 40 more stores over the last 70 years across the DMV with deep local ties in the community, I am glad that Arklyz and The Athlete’s Foot, with a very similar approach, are taking over our family business,” said Shoe City president, Greg Greenburg. “I want to thank all of our customers and employees for growing our company into the loved brand that it is today.  I believe that Arklyz and TAF will help Shoe City and ycmc.com grow further and make them even more community and culture relevant to our local consumers.”

Earlier this month, Arklyz acquired European footwear chain, Asphaltgold.

And in 2021, it acquired The Athlete’s Foot from Intersport.

Arklyz says the deals mark the next step in the strategic growth of its aggressive business plan to become one of the world’s leaders in the industry.

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