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After 90 years, Al’s Shoe Store closing its doors

Al’s Shoe Store owner Henry Wein chatted with customer Noel Santiago of Revere. The East Boston store is closing.
Al’s Shoe Store owner Henry Wein chatted with customer Noel Santiago of Revere. The East Boston store is closing.JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF

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When Al’s Shoe Store in East Boston is finally shuttered Sunday due to lack of business, it won’t be the end of an era, exactly, but pretty close. Established in 1924, Al’s is one of the last family-owned, full-service shoes stores in the Boston area, known in the trade as “Sit-and-Fit” stores. The Wein family that owned it for 90 years can’t keep it going on a shoestring anymore.

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