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Last of 8 shoe stores downtown will close

BATAVIA -- In an era when downtown Batavia was the region's shopping center, there were eight family shoe stores. After April 15, there will be none.

Thomas & Dwyer, founded in 1936 by Newell A. Thomas and Edward D. Dwyer, is the sole survivor.

Thomas E. Dwyer, the co-founder's son, announced the business will close, ending a 71-year run. An unofficial depot for ticket sales, it sold thousands over the years, largely to sporting events.

Last month, Ronald J. DiSalvo closed one of the Genesee Country Mall's first tenants in 1976. His store dates to 1960.

Lingering effects of urban renewal and competition from chain stores on the city's outskirts brought an end over the years to Endicott & Johnson, Knox & Dispenza, Ritchin, Cultrara, later DiSalvo, Things and Kinney's, all located on Main Street.

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