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National Discount Stationery Chain Swoozie's to Close 43 Stores

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Stationery and gift discount megastore Swoozie's, which has stores in 15 states and employes 230 people, announced that it will be closing all 43 stores following its declaration of bankruptcy last month.

This isn't just a business for me, this is my life, my family\ and my passion. My late husband, David Dworkin who passed away 3 years ago, and I built this company from the ground up based on our knowledge of the industry, my experience as a woman and mother of three and our love of retail. It was built for women just like you. And, because I found so much joy in being on the floor and meeting customers, I have had the pleasure of experiencing countless moments that I will cherish.

I have watched the joy on the faces of so many brides-to-be. I have seen the spark when we find that special gift for a precious new baby. I have experienced hundreds of first birthdays. I have heard and lived the story of so many graduating students from all grades and colleges across the nation. I have seen the perfect gift through the eyes of a proud grandmother. I understand what it takes to be a 'favorite teacher' and the special gift that accompanies that title. I understand how it feels when you get the news that a close friend or a loved one has cancer. And I have shared in your determination to find the one gift that will make it better at least for a moment. All these stories and experiences will resonate with me.

· Swoozie's [Official Site]
· Swoozie's shuttering all 43 stores [Atlanta Business Chronicle]