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DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) Coming to DCUSA in Columbia Heights?

by Prince Of Petworth — March 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm 56 Comments

Props to the eagle eyes of The Heights Life for noticing that it looks like DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) is hiring for a new store coming to DCUSA in Columbia Heights, She writes:

Two job listings on CareerBuilding and Monster seems to confirm it. According to search results, DSW posted a notice for a store manager at new location at 3100 14th St. NW (ie. DCUSA) about three weeks ago.

From the DSW Website:

DSW is the shoe shopping destination for style-conscious women and men who appreciate value. With thousands of shoes, great prices, and an ever-changing inventory, the brand captures the imagination of shoe lovers nationwide. Encouraged by the award winning loyalty program DSW Rewards, these passionate shoppers return time and again to a treasure-filled environment they call “addictive.”

Any guesses on where the shoe store would go in DCUSA? Perhaps in the huge Ellwood Thompson’s space on Irving St, NW? Or that vacant space next to Senor Chicken on Park Rd, NW?

Any fans of the store? Think they are a good fit for the DCUSA Mall?

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

  • bobby

    I noticed over the weekend that Lane Bryant is closing down, so maybe its going into that space?

  • colhe

    HUGE fan. It’s a great store and I would be very excited.

  • Shaw Parent

    Perfect choice for the mall. Love it.

    I remember being in school, looking for clothes to interview in, and finding kick ass Allen Edmonds there. Got the job.

  • Anonymous

    never have to go Virginia again.

    • whoa


  • J

    It’s a good fit for the mall, especially given the Marshall’s.

  • J

    Also, PoP, Senior Chicken?

  • Johnnie C

    I the shoe fits, you must admit!

  • Johnnie C


  • Anonymous

    That place will be a madhouse.

    • bloom

      +1 Smiles

  • Pavlos

    Oh my GOD!! Excellant fit!!

  • Rosie

    I love DSW! I didn’t know about Lane Bryant closing, but usually DSW stores are in much larger spaces so I doubt it would fill that empty spot. Isn’t there an empty space up on the 3rd floor next to WSC?

  • KenyonDweller

    I’m going to need a bigger closet.

  • j

    i’ve been driving out to Silver Spring. definitely a better addition than ihop but as a certain 1980s TV show taught us.. you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have the facts of life. the facts of life. there’s a time you got to … anyways.

    • Sleepy

      When the world never seems, to be living up to your dreams. Suddenly you;re finding out the facts of life are all about you.

  • anon

    lane bryant is closing? i guess chipotle was drawing away too much business

  • Cory

    Wouldn’t Chipotle create more business for Lane Bryant?

  • Buffy Wilson

    There goes my bank balance.

  • John

    Do they have dude shoes there? Who am I kidding. I’m never going there. I guess if it’s officially going to be a suburban big box mall I would vote for a Toys’R’Us or a Sports Authority? Hudson Trail? Old Navy? I hope this isn’t going into the Ellwoods space as I am still hoping that they find an organic grocer to go into that spot.

    • lady

      DSW is a perfect fit.

    • Anonymous

      Not sure if they have dude shoes there but they do carry Men’s shoes.

    • rooty tooty

      Yes, they do. That’s why DSW is way better than Payless. The suburban ones have all the mens dress shoe brands, plus casual, including Timberland, Merrell, etc.

  • Boricua Princess

    My prayers have been answered! Ditto on the comments about not having to go to VA and MD.

  • LisaT

    My life may just be complete now!

  • ess

    I would probably go there, but I wonder if it will drive out Payless or create good synergy?

  • Anon

    I thought that big box stores moving in from the suburbs was a symptom of the downfall of our communities and something that should be rejected at all costs.

    Now I learn all of this is true if its a store you DONT like. If you do like it, well its awesome.

    Good to know.

    • My2Cents

      +1 Your sarcasm made my day!

    • Anonymous

      I thought everybody was just being sarcastic. But after “Awesome” comment #28 I remembered Americans are not sarcastic.

    • Anonymous

      dislike always gets rationalized.

  • C Money

    So now we only have to go to VA or MD if we want statehood.

    Shoes! Glorious Shoes!!!

  • Lovelace

    I’m SUPER excited; I just hope they will carry more high-end shoes like the store in Bethesda (and not like the store in Silver Spring).

  • Bookworm

    Not a fan– their shoes are very expensive, even on clearance, and there’s hardly anything in my size. Unfortunately they seem to have a monopoly in the DC area.

  • AC

    that would be just awesome!

  • Mr. Poon

    In your face, Cherkis.

    • Charo


  • anon

    Very expensive? Relative to what, free?

    • Anonymous

      Famous Footwear, department stores like Kohl’s and Macy’s… even stores like Target often have high-quality shoes for much, much less (I don’t mention Payless because the quality is so poor they might as well be disposable). Even fancy shoe stores like Nine West are less expensive than DSW, and more likely to carry less common sizes.

      To be honest I don’t know how so many people can afford to shop at DSW. I certainly can’t afford to spend $100 on a single pair of shoes.

      • Bookworm

        Also places like Ross and Marshall’s– you have to hunt around a little but it’s worth it if you’re saving $50-200 per pair.

        Some of my best shoes have come either from Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Target, believe it or not. I have a small foot (5 1/2) and the DSW doesn’t have much in my size. The clearance section for size 6 and under is like three pairs of shoes.

      • Ed

        Every store you mentioned sells disposable shoes.

        • Anonymous

          Depends on your definition of disposable, but they all sell the same quality shoes as DSW.

        • palso

          If you really enjoy the DSW experience, you can try on the shoes there and order the same ones from Zappos for a lot less. DSW is handy for impulse shoppers though.

        • durga

          Funny you should say that. I bought two pairs of shoes recently for a three-week vacation where I’d be walking a lot. One pair was from Famous Footwear and cost $15, the other from DSW and cost $50. I alternated wearing the two pairs during my trip, and by the end of it the DSW shoes had to go straight into the trash (since I was in a third-world country I was hoping SOMEONE might want to take them and fix them up, but no one was interested). I still have the FamousFootwear pair and they’re still in decent shape…

    • Anonymous

      duh. comfort one.

  • Stoney_D

    One piece of clothing that you should NEVER cheap out on is shoes.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. But one should judge cheapness by quality indicators, not brand name or price.

  • Anonymous

    Just saw that Tivoli ticket boot have been nicely incorporated into the building. Great Job. No more hidden toilet.

    • rooty tooty

      hello zebra girl

  • ET

    Nice, but since I live on the Hill the VA ones will still be easier to deal with.

  • Jaycee

    I have my six year old son calling it Zebra Girl now – still makes me laugh!

  • College Park

    YES YES YES! Brilliant!

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather donate extra money to charity than pay too much for shoes. But that’s just me.

  • Dan

    I certainly was not expecting 50 “OMG BEST NEWS IN THE WORLD” comments when I clicked through to see what people were saying… Really? Shoes?

    • Jiffy

      I guess you don’t hang around with silly impractical women. 🙂

  • anon

    This is a discount shoe place. More often than not, they sell shoes from previous seasons that typical department stores aren’t selling anymore. It’s not like Cole Haan is moving in. Good lord are some of you holier than thou.

    • Anonymous

      Actually that’s not true. They call it a warehouse just to make people believe they’re getting discounts. But I agree… it’s just a shoe store people!!


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