Shoe Sensation, a regional chain of name-brand family shoe stores, will have a grand opening and ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. Sept. 15.

shoe-sensationThe first 100 customers will receive a free gift courtesy of Shoe Sensation. Customers also will be able to register to win a free pair of shoes for their entire immediate family during the first four days the store is open.

Shoe Sensation will showcase more than 10,000 pairs of first-run shoes, as well as a large assortment of fashion accessories and shoe-care products. National brands such as Under Armour, Nike, Clarks, Skechers and many others will be available for the whole family.

The store will carry a large selection of men’s, women’s, children’s and athletic footwear in a better-branded merchandise mix. Shoe Sensation will be an easy-to-shop environment where associates will deliver exceptional customer service, according to a news release.

“We have been very well received in Arkansas City and in the surrounding communities. We are eagerly looking forward to assisting our customers with all their footwear needs and becoming an active part of the Ark City local family,” said Julie Gagel, director of public relations.

“Although we are a regional chain, we strive to maintain a fundamentally local focus and we are looking forward to being a part of the local community. The huge selection of name-brand shoes and great prices at Shoe Sensation will be a great addition to the retail landscape.

“Our staff will be offering great personal service, along with our layaway, special order and other programs, as well as great shoes.”

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting will be held at the new Shoe Sensation store, located in the Ark City Plaza at 2139 N. Summit St.

“Shoe Sensation is excited to have the chamber staff, chamber ambassadors and chamber board attend our event, and is excited to have Arkansas City community members attend the event as well,” Gagel said.

The parent company of Shoe Sensation, Shoe Sensation Inc., is a privately held corporation based in Jeffersonville, Indiana, that operates more than 125 retail stores in 18 states. Shoe Sensation is expanding its small-town presence through an organic and strategic growth plan.

The company’s strategy will increase the total store count to approximately 175 locations by the end of 2017.