Some Hallmark Heritage Shops slated to close

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A number of Hallmark Heritage stores across northeastern Pennsylvania will soon be closing their doors.

At least four stores began liquidation sales Thursday to get rid of merchandise.

One of the stores that is slated to close is in the Keyser Oak Shopping Center in Scranton.

In a letter that was sent to customers that was shown to Eyewitness News, other stores that are also expected to close include the one in the Laurel Mall in Hazleton, the Midway Shopping Center in Wyoming and the Carbon Plaza in Lehighton.

As news spread that the Scranton store will soon be closing, more than 50 customers were waiting for the doors to open at 10:00 AM for discounted deals.

“It’s very sad. The lady’s back here were wonderful. It’s a nice little store. They were always very accommodating. It’s a shame that it’s closing,” Cathy Gallagher of Scranton said.

Workers say because of a drop in sales, the owner has decided to close several of his locations once all of the merchandise, furniture and equipment is sold.

“Hallmark has really nice merchandise and if they can get a discount on it, they’re going to be here for it,” Pat Senkow of Throop said after seeing the crowds form before the store’s opening Thursday.

Senkow loves the Hallmark brand and hates hearing about the store closures.

“I went to the original Hallmark Distribution Center in Kansas City. It was huge, it was huge,” Senkow said.

Every item in the store is now on sale, from greeting cards to Yankee Candles, Vera Bradley handbags to housewears.

Some shoppers say the closure is a sign of the times because of dollar stores popping up everywhere.

“Everybody wants to pay $1.00,” Marg Martin of Scranton said. “They don’t want to pay a decent price for a beautiful greeting card, a decent price for beautiful wrapping paper.”

The store that is closing in Scranton has eleven total employees.

They expect the store to be closed in roughly six or seven weeks.

Eyewitness News reached out to the franchise owner, Chris Matus, by phone and e-mail on Thursday but did not receive a reply.

Besides the four stores that are slated to close, the owner of the Hallmark Heritage Shops has several other locations across northeastern Pennsylvania which are expected to stay open.

The following stores are slated to close

Laurel Mall Hazleton

Keyser Oak Plaza Scranton

The Fun Shop Shamokin

Columbia Mall Bloomsburg

Clearfield Mall, Clearfield

Carbon Plaza, Lehighton

Cloister Shopping Center, Ephrata

Loyal Plaza, Williamsport

Pennsboro Commons, Enola

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