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Old 07-20-2020, 06:10 AM
 
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Saw on facebook where a favorite teacher/school supply store is going out of business. Teacher Heaven in Austin. What about where you live?



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Yep. Scholars Choice, a Canadian teaching store is closing almost all its locations and going online only. So sad.
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Old 07-20-2020, 08:22 AM
 
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We have a family who owns about five school supply stores in our state. I clearly remember how exciting it was to go shopping at their store near my college when I started student teaching 32 years ago. Weíve been noticing over the last couple of years that their inventory has been reduced more and more in the store thatís near me now. Iím hearing itís the same around the state. Theyíve done a good job of shifting the types of things they carry to stay current and relevant. For example, now that our curriculum is more rigid, bulletin boards pre-printed with how to solve a math problem wonít necessarily work in our classrooms. Theyíve done a good job of finding more generic materials, etc. However, I am concerned about what will happen with them now. It is very sad.
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Old 07-20-2020, 08:43 AM
 
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We have a place called 3 Dís in town. Itís great. Sheís also done a great job of expanding beyond just teacher materials into toys and things for kids. Sheís also started stocking hardcover pictures books. I was in there the beginning of the Ď19/Ď20 school year and heard her tell someone on the phone it was her slowest year ever because teachers were just ordering online.

I canít imagine how the pandemic is going to affect her. Iím concerned sheís going to be closing within the next year. To be fair, Iíve been spending almost nothing on my classrooms the last few years.
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Old 07-20-2020, 10:40 AM
 
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All the teacher stores within an hour closed 10+ years ago.


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Old 07-20-2020, 10:42 AM
 
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Our local family owned teacher supply store went out of business probably close to 10 years ago.

I have a Lakeshore location about 20 minutes away from my house though. Iíve actually only been once in all of my years teaching. I just find it to be very overpriced.
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Old 07-20-2020, 11:23 AM
 
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We had one about 50 miles from here, but last I heard it was going out of business Unless they found a buyer. We
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is all that is left in my county but the other smaller ones went out of business about 12-15 years ago. I recall even 20 years ago we had a proprietor come bring the store to us. Two ladies owned a local teacher store and went around displaying their stuff at staff meetings, open house,etc. . . and if you ordered they would even deliver. Unheard of back then!
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Local Teacher Supply Store
Old 07-20-2020, 01:47 PM
 
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Our only local owned teacher supply

went out of business last year.



IMHO


The reason why local supply stores are going out of business is


Places like Amazon Prime -with cheaper prices, deals, & quick delivery times.


Prior to my local store closing, it was probably 5 years prior, I went there to buy items.
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One in my town and one in my parent's town (both local ones) went out of business around Christmas. There is still a really good one open about 25-30 miles from me. With Covid, I'm not sure the hours or if it's still open or temporarily closed or permanently closed. Also with covid, even thought we've said we are going back, who knows if we really are, and if we do, for how long. With all of that in mind, I may not get anything for the started of the year or stick with online ordering.


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Old 07-20-2020, 07:08 PM
 
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We had several stores within 30-45 minutes of me, ages ago, but now, only Lakeshore is left.

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I just find it to be very overpriced.
Agreed.

It is sad that these mom & pop owned stores are no longer in business. I used to love going there to browse & pick up a few items. It's just not the same, ordering online or looking at the ONE (if you're lucky) teacher aisle at the office supply store or even the dollar tree.
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Old 07-21-2020, 03:27 AM
 
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We used to have two teacher supply stores nearby: The Painted Horse and The Abacus. They both closed about 10 or so years ago.
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Old 07-21-2020, 04:48 AM
 
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Holcombs closed years ago and teachers across northern Ohio are still sad. Lakeshore has a store on the other end of the county and it's too far. Office supply stores have some stuff and it's just not the same paging through the catalogues.
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Old 07-21-2020, 08:39 AM
 
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There is still a Lakeshore Learning about 30 minutes from me. I purchased stuff there when I started teaching English online.

There was another store down the road from me a few years ago that is no longer there.
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Old 07-21-2020, 08:57 AM
 
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The closest one to where I live is a Lakeshore, and it is close to Orlando, so a good ways drive from here. You have to plan a trip there if you want to go. Occasionally a few of us from our school will get together one day during summer and drive down. My parents' hometown still has two well-stocked locally owned teacher supply stores. I tend to shop there when I go to visit.
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Old 07-21-2020, 09:25 AM
 
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I wonder if it has to do more with locations. It seems years ago, it was hard to find a store, but as economic growth happened along came the stores. We always enjoy having lunch, shopping and getting ready for school together. I have a friend who retired a few years ago, I guess she is now in her 80s, and she still loves to go and look at all the new things, even though she is not teaching anymore. The more unique the store, the further we travel. As someone said...on-line is not the same.

Thanks for all your shared responses.
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Old 07-21-2020, 10:53 AM
 
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The Chalkboard was a chain that closed this past year. As a teacher I used to like (retired) to look at items. Plus, it was fun to go shopping.

Even now I prefer to purchase clothes in the store so I can see the product quality.
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Old 07-21-2020, 12:40 PM
 
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The two near me are online orders only. Since all schools are remote I donít think parents or teachers are buy the usual back to school stuff.
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Old 07-23-2020, 07:17 AM
 
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Our local teacher store went out of business this summer. That store held so many beautiful memories for me. I had shopped in in every year for over 28 years. This year is so depressing and different. I haven't bought a thing for my classroom because I have NO idea what education will look like this year in my district.
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