New shoe store steps into the Westwood Mall

Visitors to the Westwood Mall now have a new place to shop for the latest footwear fashions.

The Upper Peninsula’s first Famous Footwear store opened its doors Wednesday morning. Through its reward card program, the nationwide retail chain found a high demand for a store in the Marquette area. The store offers a variety of options, including a large selection of shoes from some of the world’s most recognizable brands.

“We’ve got a little bit of everything — athletic shoes, casual shoes, dress shoes, famous brands like Nike, Vans, Sperry, Skechers,” store sales manager Mikal Miller said. “We’re really excited here at Famous Footwear, and we know the community is excited. We’ve heard a lot of buzz, so we’re looking forward to meeting everybody in the community and having them come in and check out our new store.”

The store also offers footwear accessories like shoelaces, backpacks and waterproofing. Famous Footwear celebrated its official grand opening today with an hourly drawing for a free pair of shoes from noon until 6 p.m.