Texas-based Asel’s art supply chain closes

Last month, Asel Art Supply announced that it would be closing its Uptown flagship store. Now the rest of the chain will follow in his footsteps.

All of Asel Art Supply’s seven remaining stores, including those in San Antonio and Lubbock, will close by the end of the year, according to an announcement posted on the company’s website. Facebook page.

“After 71 years in Texas, all Asel Art Supply locations will close by December 31, 2022,” the announcement read. “Please stop by to say goodbye and enjoy 40% off everything in the store. Thank you for all of your support over these many years!”

The news of the closure of the entire chain was met with many disappointed comments from customers who said on social media that they had been buying their art supplies from the family chain for decades.

“It’s very sad for all professional artists and anyone looking for art supplies beyond the current hobby market which is awash with ‘for’ [sic] paraphernalia and alcohol ink,” Jessica Mang wrote on Facebook.

“It’s so sad,” former art teacher Vivian Holland-Media wrote. “I have purchased such wonderful supplies for my art students and myself over the years. Thank you for passing on such fabulous offers at the art contests.”

“It’s so sad…I’ve bought such beautiful supplies for my art students and myself over the years.” – former art teacher Vivian Holland-Media

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“What?????? Nooooo!!!!” wrote a client named Patti Smith. “You’ve been my go-to source for art supplies since 1975!”

The first closure was on September 20, when the chain announced it would be closing its flagship and oldest location on Cedar Springs Road. Susan Smolenski, president of Asel Art Supply Inc., said the owners decided to close the century-old building that has housed the store since 1968 after receiving a generous offer on the property.

“We’ve had offers for years and we’ve said no to a lot of them,” Smolenski said in September. “This one was bigger than any we’ve ever had before.”

We tried to reach a store representative to comment on the latest announcement, but got no response.

The Cedar Springs Road store was ideally located to serve the needs of many downtown architecture and design firms that regularly require high quality art and drafting supplies, as well as art students in the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. .

“We’re a little bummed because we were just hooked up,” says Liz Wooten, whose son Zeke had just started dating nearby Booker T. in the visual arts program. “It’s less than a mile from the school.”

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