Shoe Show Founder Robert Tucker, 86, Passes Away

Visionary Founder of National Retail Powerhouse

Robert Tucker, the visionary founder of Shoe Show, has passed away at the age of 86. He and his wife, Carolyn Tucker, opened the first Shoe Show store in downtown Kannapolis, North Carolina, in 1960. Over the years, the family-owned business expanded to over 1,000 stores across 47 states.

A Lifetime of Dedication

Born as Robert Bright Deese in 1937, Robert Tucker developed a strong work ethic from a young age. He started working at Baucom’s Shoe Store during high school, laying the foundation for his future in retail. In 1960, he and Carolyn opened their first store, naming it Shoe Show.

60 Years of Success

Despite their massive growth, the Tuckers preferred to maintain a low profile, building strong industry relationships behind the scenes. In 2020, they celebrated Shoe Show’s 60th anniversary in grand style, acknowledging their incredible journey.

A Diverse Retail Network

Shoe Show’s extensive network of stores offers a wide range of products for all ages and genders, including private label items and renowned brands like Adidas, Puma, Under Armour, Skechers, and Crocs.

A Personal Touch

Lisa Tucker, their daughter, emphasized their commitment to providing a personal touch in each store, catering to the unique needs of each community.

Robert Tucker is survived by his wife, four children, seven grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. Services will be held in Kannapolis, N.C. on Oct. 7.

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