Hometown Crafts & Fabrics in Detroit Lakes is closing up shop. The announcement was made on the store’s Facebook page on Monday.
“After 13 wonderful years, we are sad to announce the closing of the Detroit Lakes Hometown Crafts store,” reads the social media post. “The community of Detroit Lakes has been a wonderful place to do business and we are grateful for our time here.”
The store’s owner, Cindy McCullough, said in a phone interview Tuesday that the closure is due to “a perfect storm” of circumstances.
“The rising cost of doing business, and the fact that two of my biggest suppliers in the craft industry have gone out of business in the past six weeks, plus the uncertainty of COVID … there were a lot of different factors that just made me believe it was time to move on,” she said.
She plans to bring some of her popular items from the Detroit Lakes store over to her other Hometown Crafts store in downtown Wadena, and will be launching a website for the store this fall.
“So we’ll still be accessible,” she said.
A store closing sale will start at the Detroit Lakes location at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, with all items 50% off, and deals on fixtures. The store will continue to serve customers through mid- to late-August, depending on how fast the inventory goes.
The official “lock the door date is August 31,” McCullough said, “but it could be as soon as the 23rd.”
The store currently has nine employees, down from 13 before the pandemic.
Owning the store these past 13 years “has been a blast,” she said. “When you get older and look back on your life’s work, this’ll definitely be a highlight. It’s been fun.”
While there have been some teary eyes from loyal customers since the announcement was made, McCullough said “everybody’s been very supportive” of her decision: “The feedback has been very sad, but very positive.”
While the Hometown Crafts store is inside the Washington Square Mall, McCullough said the Hometown Crafts building is not owned by the mall, but rather proprietors from Hawley and Fargo. She said the building is available for sale or rent.
“I’ve loved working at the mall, with the manager there,” she said, adding of her employees, customers and the community in general that, “The people I have worked with have been marvelous, and we’ve certainly felt appreciated over the years. I have a deep appreciation for everything Detroit Lakes has done for us. It’s been a great experience.”