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Shoes held hostage in Kelowna to be released

In a turn of events, customers will be getting back their shoes and other items from Galaxy Shoe Repair shop.

According to a Facebook post, the landlord’s realtor has volunteered to help return the items in the shop to their rightful owners.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMediaCustomers will be receiving phone calls based on the names and numbers listed on the tickets attached to items.

An email has also been set up at for the public to reach out to in hopes of being reunited with their property.

“He (the realtor) will respond to each of you with the planned dates and times for pick-ups along with his direct cell number,” reads the Facebook post.

The announcement comes after a note was placed on the front door of the store earlier in the month stating that the shop had been foreclosed.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMediaFor months, customers have struggled to get their shoes and other items back from the shop.

In the past several months, customers have waited for long periods of time for the work they prepaid for to be completed on their items.

Eventually, the shop closed its doors forever, leaving many stranded without their belongings.

Phone calls and emails bounced back as many were unable to get in contact with the store’s owner, Jimi Belshaw.

<who> Photo Credit: NowMedia

Notes then began to make their way to the front entrance of the shop, the only source of information patrons could find.

Belshaw explained in one of the notes that he was struggling with his physical and mental health, apologizing to his customers.

The news that many will be reunited with their property is welcomed, and it's one of the better outcomes of this whole situation.

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