The specialty gift store is part of a group of more than 100 outlets in the northeast and Florida.
The manager at the Bedford store, who gave her name only as Kim, confirmed the closing Tuesday and said she learned of the plans “a while ago.”
She referred other questions—including the number of store employees—to the corporate office in Acton, but Vanessa Keefe, vice president of marketing there, was on vacation.
The Paper Store has a central location in the shopping center, a space that in the past has been occupied by stores like F.W. Woolworth store and Payless Shoes. Another, larger business in the shopping center, Home Goods, closed on Jan. 14, 2021.
That space remains vacant, and Shirley O’Connor of Bedford Jewelers said she and other smaller businesses between those two larger ones are concerned that foot traffic will disappear.
The Paper Store retail chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the summer of 2020, followed by a restructuring.
The Great Road Shopping Center, the largest Bedford property taxpayer west of Route 3, is owned by the Atlantic Interests Limited Partnership. An official there had no comment Tuesday when asked if the company is concerned about the vacant stores.
Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763