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Carlton Cards and Papyrus are shutting down all stores in Canada and the United States

Popular greeting card and stationary chains Papyrus and Carlton Cards are closing their doors across the country according to parent company, Schurman Retail Group. 

Schurman Retail Group CEO Dominique Shurman told that store closures are set to take place in the next four to six weeks.

A total of 76 stores will be closing in Canada, and an additional 178 will close across the U.S.

“Despite our Herculean efforts to realign our Papyrus and American Greetings (Carlton Cards) stores to fit today’s shopping environment, Schurman Retail Group had to make the difficult decision to close all 254 of our stores in North America," Schurman said in a statement to the USA TODAY Network's Indianapolis Star.

Carlton Cards was founded by Toronto man Harry Harshman in 1920. In 1956, Carlton Cards was purchased by American Greetings, which is owned by Schurman Retail Group. 

Papyrus is currently selling all items at 20 percent online, and the website notes that all sales are final. 

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