UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — Michaels is closing its Upper West Side location after more than 10 years in the neighborhood.
A store employee confirmed to Patch Monday that the retail chain specializing in art and hobby supplies along with home decor products will permanently shutter between Jan. 20 and Jan. 30.
The employee said the exact date will depend on how fast Michaels sells out its current inventory.
The retailer at 808 Columbus Avenue, near West 99th Street, is currently having a going out of the business sale, offering everything in the store for 70 percent off.
Michaels has been on the Upper West Side since it opened in Columbus Square in 2010.
According to Rew-Online, the store renewed its lease for the 34,424 square-foot space in 2018. Michaels has one other Manhattan location in Chelsea and multiple stores throughout New York City.
While the company hasn't announced why it's closing the location after resigning the lease just a couple of years ago, it's hard to imagine that losses from the coronavirus pandemic didn't play a part in the decision.
Michaels is the first major retailer to close on the Upper West Side in 2021, but joins a handful of companies to close in the neighborhood during 2020. Including Century 21, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, and Papyrus.
Michaels did not immediately respond to Patch's request for more details about the reasoning for the closing.