The Lucky Shoes Story
The Lucky Shoes Story began 95 years ago in 1919 when Joe Luck opened a modest dry goods store, “The Lucky Store”, in the Firestone Park neighborhood of Akron. In addition to shoes the original store sold yard goods and menswear. For the Little League baseball players in the neighborhood however, the standard apparel was the “Lucky Jersey”. Sponsor Joe Luck gave out some 500 of them in a single peak season. Two of Joe’s six children, Milton and Leonard, took over the business in 1946 after serving in World War II. As the business kept growing the company hired its first employee form outside the family in 1948. Continuing the tradition of goodwill established by their father, Milton and Leonard made that person and all those who followed feel like part of the Lucky family, extending benefits and compensation far ahead of industry standards. The Luck brothers soon had a core group of dedicated loyal long-term employees.
In 1955, Lucky Shoes opened a 3,000 square-foot store in Fairlawn, expanding to 6,000 square feet by 1976 when the company opened a splendid one-of-a-kind store at its Fairlawn location. By this time, Milton’s son Tom had joined the business and Lucky Shoes had become the largest shoe store in the state and one of only a handful of comparable size in the country. IN 1981, Lucky Shoes entered the Canton market with the opening of a 5,000 square-foot store. In 1982, with the retirement of Leonard Luck and his son Joel’s move to Columbus, the original Firestone Park neighborhood store closed. Tom’s son John joined the company in 1991. Shortly after, the company underwent a period of rapid-fire changes that included the opening of SouthPark Center in Strongsville, the addition of New Balance specialty stores and the opening of an orthotic lab and foot health center inside Fairlawn Lucky Shoes. The small store that Joe Luck started in 1919 had changed over the decades.
Tom and John and the team they have assembled know their products and ever aspect of the shoe business. They have used that knowledge to offer services and products tailored to the individual customer rather than take a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Lucky Shoes offers a generous mix of merchandise and sized providing customers with quality products, expert fit and conscientious service.
the company now employs nearly 120. Among them are several with well over 30 years service to the company. True to the Lucky Shoes tradition they, their newer colleagues and the generations of customers they have served are all part of the Lucky Shoes family. The company’s hands-on family ownership, community involvement and industry expertise have allowed four generations of owners to grow the business even in a challenging economy. Adding a new chapter to The Lucky Shoes Story, the expansion into the Columbus market follows with the continued commitment to provide the families of Columbus with a unique unparalleled shoe shopping experience and an invitation to become part of the extended Lucky Shoes family.