By Carol Tannenhauser
Changing consumer habits, the rise of e-cards, and the decline of correspondence sent by “snail mail” are all possible reasons why three neighborhood Papyrus greeting card and stationery stores are closing, following the shutdown of their parent company.
Shurman Retail Group, owner of Papyrus, the 70-year-old purveyor of “personal expression” products, is closing its 254 locations across North America, Retail Dive first reported. In terms of bankruptcy, the company is “exploring its options,” a spokesperson told WSR. The UWS stores affected are located at 209 Columbus Avenue (69th and 70th), 2157 Broadway (76th), and The Shops at Columbus Circle (59th).
Schurman CEO Dominique Schurman sent WSR the following statement:
Despite our Herculean efforts to realign our…stores to fit today’s shopping environment, Schurman Retail Group had to make the difficult decision to close all 254 of our stores in North America, which will impact our workforce of about 1,400 employees. We will close most stores over the next 4-6 weeks. We want to thank all of our loyal customers for their patronage of our proud family business started by my parents 70 years ago.
No one answered the phone on Monday at the Columbus Avenue store, and the message at Columbus Circle said the number was “no longer in service,” which could mean they’ve already shuttered. Katira, a salesperson at the Broadway store said it would be closing in the next four to six weeks and, in the meantime, “the entire store is 20% off and all sales are final.”
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