VanHoecks started as an orthopedic shoe store in 1940 specializing in Dr. Scholl's Shoes. The store was owned by Bernard VanHoeck.
During the '70's and '80's VanHoecks transformed into a men's and women's shoe store specializing in extended sizes and widths.
In 1993 VanHoecks expanded to the corner of Ottawa and Monroe Center in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The vision was to expand the men's business by giving them more space and their own shopping experience.
Over the years downtown Grand Rapids grew and changed from a retail destination to be predominantly entertainment focused. As fellow long term retailers relocated of closed, we found it harder and less convenient for our customers. After nearly 70 years VanHoecks closed and we thought for good.
After closing in 2012, we continued to hear from past customers the could not find the proper fitting shoes and the service they experienced from VanHoecks. Other shoe stores were not interested in specializing in sizes and widths. It requires carrying significantly more inventory and is difficult for most stores.
Recognizing the need was still high for a full service shoe store it was clear we needed to find a new location for VanHoecks. We listened to our customers and found a location with ample parking outside our store, with easy access from a major highway and near other retailers to contribute to an overall better shopping experience.