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Archiver’s scrapbooking stores shutting down

Updated: 2014-01-07T19:11:36Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Two area scrapbooking stores will soon be just a memory.

Archiver’s, a national retailer based in Golden Valley, Minn., is going out of business and closing its 33 stores in 18 states, including one in the Northland and one in Overland Park. The stores are scheduled to close in mid-February.

In a letter to customers and vendors, the company said the last few years have been difficult: “The economy has changed, our industry has changed, and our customers’ needs have changed.”

When Archiver’s was founded 14 years ago, scrapbooking and paper-crafting were rapidly growing hobbies and one of the largest segments of the craft industry, the company said. But in the last four to five years, the combination of a weak economy and new technology resulted in steady declines in the memory craft business, it said.

Archiver’s brought in new products and brands, did more sales and offered more coupons, and streamlined operations.

It had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in late April 2013.

The area stores, in The Shops at Boardwalk at 8618 N. Boardwalk Ave., and in Rosana Square, 7594 W. 119th St., Overland Park, are currently offering items at 25 percent off. Inventory includes patterned paper, albums and scrapbooks, stamps, die-cutting machines, embellishments, frames, wedding invitations, and baby announcements.

Each store has about a dozen employees.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC

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