Hallmark in Lackawanna County Closing

Stores within a shopping mall come and go, but one store at a mall in Lackawanna County is closing up shop after more than 30 years in business.

The Hallmark store at the Viewmont Mall will close just after Christmas.

In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, a few paper signs hang around Hallmark in the Viewmont Mall in Lackawanna County saying the store will close at the end of the Christmas season.

It’s one of the oldest stores in the mall after 31 years, and is usually one of the busiest this time of year.

“I’m going to miss the store very much, it’s hard to find different little things, and different odd things that other stores might not have. I’m going to miss Hallmark,” said Mary Pastore of Scranton.

Pastore came by to find something for her sister. She and dozens of other customers relied on Hallmark to help make memories, commemorate milestones, or celebrate the holidays.

Owner Gary Martin said it’s fitting that his store is wrapping up right after Christmas.

“This is the 40th year for Hallmark ornaments and there’s a lot of collectors out there, but there are other stores around,” Martin said.

Martin said Hallmark’s business may have declined because they have an older clientele who are now on a fixed income. But, he also said the past year has been rough on a lot of retailers.

“Up until the last year and a half it’s been strong, strong, but it’s not like that now. You see empties which we rarely ever saw in the past. So, I think everyone’s struggling,” Martin said of the Viewmont Mall.

Some of the Hallmark employees we spoke to were struggling to hold back tears since many of them have worked there for decades and they said it’s difficult to say goodbye.

The Hallmark store in the Viewmont Mall plans to close in early January. No word on if its space in the mall will stay empty for long.

1 Comment

  • gerry d welder

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    The Cheesecake Factory, Inc.
    CVS Caremark Corporation
    Hallmark Cards, Inc.
    McDonald’s Corporation
    The Wendy’s Company
    The Walt Disney Company
    The Coca-Cola Company
    Johnson & Johnson
    American Express Company
    21st Century Fox
    Darden Restaurants, Inc (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and others)
    Liberty Mutual Group, Inc.
    Allstate Insurance Company
    Western Union
    Northwestern Mutual
    American Airlines Inc.
    Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    The Procter & Gamble Company (wide range of well-known home and beauty brands)
    Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
    AT&T Inc.
    T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Caterpillar Inc.
    The ADT Corporation
    Pfizer Inc.
    Hewlett-Packard Company
    United Parcel Service, Inc.
    General Electric Company
    Verizon Communications Inc.
    Marriott International, Inc.
    Hilton Worldwide
    Hyatt Hotels Corporation
    McCormick & Company, Inc.
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
    Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
    Eaton
    E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
    BNSF Railway Company
    Shell Oil Company
    General Mills, Inc. (many well-known food brands)
    Ingram Industries Inc.
    Kronos Incorporated
    Ingersoll Rand Company
    General Parts Inc.
    Merck & Co., Inc.
    United Technologies Corporation
    Harris Corporation
    Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Sears Holdings Corporation
    USG Corporation
    Archer Daniels Midland Company
    Johnson Controls, Inc.
    Ally Financial Inc.
    US Foods
    Univar, Inc.
    Kiewit Corporation
    Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    W.W. Grainger, Inc.
    Avery Dennison Corporation
    Humana Inc.
    Novelis, Inc.
    The Williams Companies, Inc.
    Avaya Inc.
    Computer Sciences Corporation
    Honeywell International Inc.
    International Paper Company
    Dover Corporation
    Danaher Corporation
    TRW Automotive
    Analog Devices, Inc.
    Ecolab, Inc.
    Avnet, Inc.
    White Lodging Corporation
    Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
    Simon Property Group
    Daikin McQuay Americas
    Continental Grain Company
    MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.
    Hospira, Inc.
    Cigna Corporation
    The ServiceMaster Company
    Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
    Bloomin’ Brands Inc.
    Fiserv, Inc.
    Carolinas HealthCare System
    SRA International
    Emerson
    Rockwell Automation, Inc.
    Parker Hannifin Corporation
    Saint-Gobain Corporation
    General Dynamics Corporation
    A. O. Smith Corporation
    Praxair, Inc.
    HCA Inc.
    Eastman Chemical Company
    ManpowerGroup
    Fifth Third Bank
    Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Express Scripts, Inc.
    Cardinal Health, Inc.
    Aleris International, Inc.
    DTE Energy Company
    U.S. Steel Corporation
    Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation
    Cargill, Incorporated
    Assurant, Inc.
    XL Global Services, Inc
    Texas Instruments Incorporated
    ATK
    WESCO International

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    Sep 12, 2013 … The participating companies mentioned in this article, must be put on notice for their treasonous intentions.

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    … illegal alien invasion taking what’s left of jobs at reduced wages, demanding government benefits, displacing law and order with sub culture mob rule want to be exempt from Obamacare while they take your job while your taxed more to fund ‘immigration’.

    Google: Companies lay off thousands, lobby for millions more immigrant workers.

    ______________

    Google: Obamacare Loophole Provides Incentive For Employers To Hire Illegal Aliens Over US Citizens. Now you know why ZuckerFacebook is spending millions pushing this.To get ‘you’ fired and an illegal invader hired.Companies will be exempt from paying into Obamacare if they hire illegal invaders, which also means you will be forced to pay more.

    People don’t understand how bad this could get.

    DO YOU OR ANYBODY YOU KNOW WORK AT ONE OF THESE COMPANIES?

    Contact them, boycott them WHEN YOU CAN, share this list.

    Show this list to your buyers and purchasing dept.

    Google: Cheesecake Factory, Hallmark, Disney, and Others Now Pushing …

    … The participating companies mentioned in this article, must be put on notice for their treasonous intentions.

    Illegal immigration is also about Obamacare.

    … illegal alien invasion taking what’s left of jobs at reduced wages, demanding government benefits, displacing law and order with sub culture mob rule want to be exempt from Obamacare while they take your job while your taxed more to fund ‘immigration’.

    Google: Companies lay off thousands, lobby for millions more immigrant workers.

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