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BIRKENSTOCK OPENS IN AMHERST

A licensed specialty Birkenstock store has opened at 3320 Sheridan Drive in Amherst.

Uneeda Birkenstock in the Crawford Furniture Plaza is one of 200 such stores across the country. While Birkenstock once sold only sandals and clogs, it now carries men's dress shoes, dressy women's sandals and lace-up boots.

"When this company was primarily just sandals, it was not feasible to have a store in the northern United States," said Ben Eisenstein, who owns the store with his wife, Jill.

The Eisensteins have owned and operated Grassroots Shoe Store in Rochester for 25 years and Birkenstock has been one of their best-selling brands.

Last June, the couple opened a Birkenstock shop in the Rochester suburb of Victor.

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