Archiver's to close all 33 scrapbooking stores

MINNETONKA, Minn. - A popular Twin Cities-based scrapbooking chain is calling it quits.

Archiver's announced Thursday that after 14 years in business it will cease operations and close 33 stores by mid-February. That includes locations in Apple Valley, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Roseville and Woodbury.

"The economy has changed, our industry has changed and our customers' needs have changed," the company said in a statement. "When Archiver's began, scrapbooking and paper-crafting were growing rapidly, becoming the largest segments in the craft industry. However, over the past four to five years, the combination of a weak economy and new technology resulted in steady declines in the memory craft business, significantly impacting Archiver's and many of retailers and vendors in the craft industry."

Archiver's has fewer than 30 people in its corporate office and about a dozen employees per store, but said the decision to close is still a difficult one. The company is thanking loyal customers, and urging them to keep an eye on their email accounts next week for store closing plans and sale announcements.


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