After nearly 20 years of selling cards and gifts in Oakwood, Jan’s Hallmark Shop will close its doors forever.
The store’s last day of business is on Saturday, Feb. 23.
“Our lease is up and we have to go,” Carie White, sales associate at the Oakwood Hallmark said.
The store is owned by Joe and Connie Alldredge, who have other Hallmark locations in Alabama and Tennessee. White said the couple also owned the now closed Hallmark in the Mall of Georgia.
During its last weeks of business, Hall County residents have flocked to the store to pay their last respects.
Marge Hilling and her daughter Jodie Brantley said they were shocked when they heard the news of Hallmark closing in Oakwood.
“It’s sad to see them close,” Hilling said. “It’s been a tradition for the holidays.”
Bonnie Roder of Northwest Hall said she had been shopping at local Hallmarks, including the one that used to be at the Lakeshore Mall, since the ‘80s. She remembers collecting ornaments from the Madame Alexander collection.
Jan and Gary Vogel, owners of Oakwood Ace Hardware, said after seeing the community’s response to Hallmark closing, they felt prompted to take action.
On April 5, the front right corner of Ace Hardware will become a Hallmark section.
“When we heard that it was an emotional thing for people, we decided to go for it,” Jan said.
Oakwood Ace Hardware is located a couple of stores down from Jan’s Hallmark Shop on Robson Crossing.
Gary said other Ace Hardware stores in the nation have sold Hallmark products, so the change seemed like a natural progression for his business.
Hallmark Gold Crown members will still be able to use their rewards when purchasing Hallmark products at Ace Hardware.