Ten Thousand Villages Atlanta will soon shutter its Virginia-Highland storefront.
The not-for-profit retailer of products from artisans around the world who would “otherwise be unemployed or underemployed” Tuesday announced the news in a statement on its Facebook page.
“It is with great difficulty that we announce the closing of Ten Thousand Villages Atlanta after 24 wonderful years,” according to the statement.
“Business conditions for our locally-funded brick and mortar shop have changed dramatically since we opened in 1993, and after careful consideration of the past several years, the consistent challenges in our location, increasing competition from online shopping, and the changing retail climate, we have concluded it is time for us to cease operations.”
SInce its founding, Ten Thousand Villages has made over $3,000,000 in purchases from its artisan groups.
“We have educated our community about the importance of helping others through the purchase of ethically produced goods and we have contributed to other non-profits and charitable organizations so they can continue their good works.”
Beginning Wednesday, January 3, everything in Ten Thousand Villages will be marked down.
“Thank you for your wonderful support of our store and mission, whether you’ve only just discovered us, or whether you’ve been with us since the beginning. Truly, we could not have accomplished this good work without you.”