Rack Room Shoes

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Rack Room Shoes
Division of Deichmann Group
FoundedSalisbury, North Carolina, 1920
FounderPhil Levinson
Number of locations
DivisionsOff Broadway Shoe Warehouse
Websitewww.rackroomshoes.com/ Edit this on Wikidata
Rack Room Shoes store in Valdosta, Georgia

Rack Room Shoes is an American footwear retailer based in North Carolina. The company was founded in 1920 in Salisbury, North Carolina by Phil Levinson, who sold it to his son-in-law, Mort Lerner. It was bought in 1984 by the privately held Deichmann Group of Germany.[1][2] Until that time Rack Room Shoes ran 22 stores.

Rack Room now operates over 450 stores in 34 states under the names Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse.[3] Rack Room Shoes bought Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse in 2002. The Atlanta-based Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse had been formed in the early 1980s. It competed with Rack Room at the lower end of the market but claimed to have a trendier selection. Rack Room, however, maintained that its European ownership kept it on top of footwear trends. Off Broadway continues to operate independently after the acquisition with 30 stores in the East Coast and Midwest regions, and in California.[4]


  1. ^ http://www.rackroomshoes.com/content/about.html
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-04-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/print-edition/2013/03/15/rack-room-is-taking-giant-steps-with.html
  4. ^ http://www.encyclopedia.com/books/politics-and-business-magazines/rack-room-shoes-inc