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Mary, 4th-Gen Owner of Murdoch Shoes in Bloomfield, Solidifies Family Legacy

by Victoria Marie Moyeno
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One of Bloomfield’s and the state’s oldest businesses, Murdoch Shoes, located at 623 Bloomfield Avenue, has been family-owned and operated since 1888 – bringing a new meaning to a longstanding business. Mary Murdoch, the fourth-generation owner and first female owner of the business announced that there has been an exciting update within her family business.

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Murdoch Shoes sells shoes for women, men, and kids in over 25 brands including UGG and New Balance, as well as offers shoe fittings with a specialty in pedorthic and orthotic products and services. The shop provides shoes for hospitals, rehab facilities, nurses, patients, and more.

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The pedorthic staff will:

  • Assist and suggest in the formulation of the prescription
  • Explain the prescription to the patient
  • Dispense the footwear, foot orthoses, and or modifications to fill the prescription
  • Monitor patient progress and compliance
  • Make the needed adjustments to footwear
  • Fabricate and make adjustments to achieve a proper fit
  • Integrate the proper footwear, modification, and orthoses with the foot

Mary announced that Murdoch Shoes has purchased the entire building that the store is located in on Bloomfield Avenue. Furthering the local legacy of her family and solidifying the future of it, Mary has kept the building in the Murdoch family.

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“There have been many changes throughout our near 135 years as one of New Jersey’s longest-standing family-owned small businesses. And as with any business journey, some changes have been unwanted, difficult, and knock-you-down unexpected. While other changes have been pivotal to our growth – moments of joy,” says Mary. “We are happy to announce, as a family business, we have arrived at one of those joyous, celebratory changes in our journey.”

“This is a monumental chapter in our family’s story. It marks a continuation of female leadership in business as Mary’s mother, Kathryn Murdoch, was keen enough to purchase the building decades ago.”

She reflects on the hardships of the pandemic and expresses her joy for the business not only making it out on the other side but truly stepping into the next chapter and milestone of Murdoch Shoes. “At a time when we all need a heartwarming piece of news, this story fills you up with warmth, joy, and inspiration. Perseverance through Covid-19, the loss of our family’s matriarch, thoughts of bankruptcy, and out the other side of the tunnel – stronger, wiser, looking on to the brightness of our future.”

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For those businesses that are feeling the ramifications of the pandemic or general obstacles that one faces as a business owner, Mary offers some advice, “Take a leap. Get back up. Take another leap. Until you land on solid ground.”

To shop and support this community staple, visit the Murdoch Shoes’ website here.

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