Van’s Shoes eyes smaller location

Van’s Shoes and Repair on East Lake Avenue in Watsonville is shown. Owner Jim van Lanen said he's searching for a smaller facility. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Van’s Shoes and Repair on East Lake Avenue is searching for a smaller facility, owner Jim van Lanen said.

Van Lanen, 73, said his grandfather opened the business in 1930.

“We’re another victim of Amazon,” Van Lanen said, a reference to more and more people buying goods online.

He said he wants to continue his repair business and trim his shoe sales down to mostly Red Wing Shoes.

“We could operate in a much smaller place now,” he said. “Everything changes and I’ve seen a great deal of change here in Watsonville.”

The 14 East Lake Ave. building is up for sale.

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