Carytown space trades maternity for stationery

Paper Source

The former maternity supply store will soon house stationary retailer Paper Source. Photo by Michael Shaw.

Carytown retail space doesn’t stay vacant for long.

Paper Source, a national retailer that sells invitations, announcements, gift wrap and stationery, is set to move into 3124 W. Cary St. in Cary Court later this year. The 2,200-square-foot storefront was left empty by maternity shop Hip to Be Round, which shut down in May.

The Richmond store will be Paper Source’s fifth location in Virginia, joining shops in Northern Virginia and one in Virginia Beach. It has more than 100 locations nationwide.

Members from Paper Source’s corporate headquarters in Chicago were reached but would not respond to requests for comment about its new Richmond storefront.

Brokers Jim McVey and Michael Morris of Commonwealth Commercial Partners represented Sauer Properties, which owns Cary Court, in the Paper Source lease.

Commonwealth Commercial Partners reported the lease in January. McVey and a Paper Source newsletter confirmed the store will open in September. McVey said the company also looked at a 2,600 square-foot property in Carytown.

“They were set on Carytown,” McVey said of Paper Source’s preferred Richmond destination. “They also looked at a place down the street, but it didn’t work out.”

The closure for Hip to Be Round ends the store’s run on Cary Street, which began in 2005. It had been through several owners since its founding 11 years ago. The maternity store had a brief run in Short Pump and opened a store in Northern Virginia in 2014, which has also closed.

Paper Source lists four Richmond job openings on its website: three part-time positions and one full-time shift supervisor.

The Carytown site follows a string of recent expansions for Paper Source, which opened or will soon open new locations in Minnesota, California, Colorado, North Carolina and Tennessee this summer.

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Anne Kennon
Anne Kennon
5 years ago

Correction – Hip to be Round had two owners (four if you include our husbands), not several. Just saying.