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Shoe Zone is a footwear retailer in the United Kingdommarker and Irelandmarker which sells shoes at low prices. It has over 570 stores in different cities and towns throughout the UK and Ireland and around 4,500 employees. The company has a revenue of £140 million. Its headquarters are located on Humberstonemarker Road in Leicestermarker next to the railway.


The Company was founded in 1917 under the name Bensonshoe. It was acquired by the Smith family in 1980. The Company acquired Leicestermarker based Tylers in 1986 adding a further 61 branches to the business. By 2000 the company had 184 branches and late that year acquired The Oliver Group plc which added a further 258 stores to its portfolio.

On the 7 September 2007, Shoe Zone bought the shoe retailer, Shoefayre, for an undisclosed sum from its parent, The Co-operative Group, adding 250 stores to Shoe Zone's portfolio. On January 28 2008, it bought Leicester-based Stead & Simpson.


The company sells approximately 30 million pairs of footwear per year, and has over 4,500 employees. Shoe Zone also has a small charity branch known as the Shoe Zone Trust which donates a proportion of the company's profits to cancer research and charitable organisations.


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