Barely a year after resurrecting the brand locally, a paper and party supply store has closed its Midlothian shop.
If It’s Paper shut down last month at 9704 Midlothian Turnpike in the Stein Mart Festival shopping center. The store did not renew its one-year lease when it expired at the end of February, according to Wilson Davis, a broker with Sigma National.
Davis handles leasing at Stein Mart Festival, a 183,000-square-foot shopping center anchored by a Stein Mart, Marshalls, A.C. Moore and Olive Garden.
Lisa DuCom and Cubby Culbertson opened the 3,100-square-foot Midlothian If It’s Paper location last April. They purchased the retail brand in 2010 from International Paper, which at one point had dozens of the stores nationally, before winding that arm down to focus on paper production.
DuCom, who had been a store manager for International Paper, and Culbertson stepped in and subsequently opened two If It’s Paper locations in South Carolina before expanding to Richmond last year. Their store replaced the If It’s Paper location that operated until 2010 at 2413 Westwood Ave., just west of Scott’s Addition.
The South Carolina stores are still open. A message left with DuCom was not returned by press time.
Davies said he is now working to fill the space.
“We have been trying to reserve that space for a junior anchor store,” he said. “It’s kind of a fashion center. We’d love to have a national brand.”
He said Stein Mart Festival has about 10,750 square feet of space available for lease.