Next door to the planned CVS is the Public Shoe Store, which has been selling shoes "for hurting feet" at that location since 1938.
Podiatrist and owner Dr. Sonny Friedman, 73, said he took over the store many years ago from his father, who had run it for 35 years. He said none of his children is interested in running it, so the store will close when his health no longer allows him to work.
Friedman owns the building, so he doesn't have to worry about rising rents.
"Retail is hard around here now," said Friedman, who describes the best time for the area as the late 1930s, when his father bought the building -- long before malls and outlets were built at Tysons Corner, Baileys Crossroads and elsewhere in Northern Virginia.
"People come here to enjoy the food and the entertainment," Friedman said. "But they do their shopping at the malls or online."
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