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Sprouts & Shutters: Richard's Arts And Crafts Closing, Moving to San Ramon

The craft store will be leaving Livermore but staying in the Tri-Valley.

Screenshot of the Richard's Facebook page
Screenshot of the Richard's Facebook page
After 20 years in Livermore, Richard's Arts and Crafts store will be closing its doors. Manager Judi Walters says they will likely be out of the current location by the beginning of April but was happy to say that owner Richard Delfosse intends to reopen the store in San Ramon in June.

"We are moving to San Ramon in the Marketplace at Bollinger and Alcosta," Walters said. "Hopefully this will be a great move. I love working for this family."

According to Walters, the store has a sale going on to help them clear out their warehouse merchandise. 

Walters added, "Our new place will be all shiny and new." 

Richard's offers not only supplies for arts and crafts but also classes and demonstrations. Richard's can be found at 4502 Las Positas Road in Livermore. The Richard's in Alamo is located at 225-A Alamo Plaza and has been open for 30 years, according the Richard's website. 

Follow Richard's on Facebook for store and sale updates.

How do you feel about Richard's moving out of Livermore? Are you happy they are staying in Tri-Valley? Tell us in the comments section below.
Marian Schermerhorn January 02, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Sad move. Guess I will have to drive to San Ramon. Michaels is out for me. I do not like that store.
Becky January 02, 2014 at 08:00 PM
If you lived in San Ramon, wouldn't you just go to the Richard's in Alamo? I wish they'd give a reason for closing the Livermore store, but they are probably too classy to trash the landlords at the Target center.
Eleanor Garcia January 02, 2014 at 09:18 PM
I would think that the move to San Ramon would just present a situation where they are competing with their self, and the Alamo store. Not good for business, imo.
Janet Blair-Kammeier January 03, 2014 at 02:05 AM
Now Livermore has nothing! Maybe they think they could make more money in San Ramon which may be true but the rent will be a lot higher. Good Luck!
Sam January 03, 2014 at 04:39 AM
Oh darn it was always nice to have alternate places to feed my craft addiction....JoAnns is right across the street so I guess that will work. The new JoAnnes has a large craft section and coupons at the door, lol, I always forgot the Richards ones. I once asked the cashier at Richards for one and she freaked out....and then overcharged me...ah well , I will miss them!
Sam January 03, 2014 at 04:44 AM
For Art supplies there is also Way Up Art and Frame, on Second street.......So it's not that we don't have anything. They are helpful and a small business which is always great to support.
T.G. January 03, 2014 at 08:59 AM
Love Richards! I blame big business like JoAnnes. Richards was always a great place for any craft project, especially during the school year.
Connie January 03, 2014 at 11:24 AM
I'm remembering when Richards was my favorite store. Over the yearsi found customer service was at a minimum which made it easier to go to other art stores. I wish them the best.
grimes.nancy January 03, 2014 at 11:35 AM
As an owner of Richards Crafts I want to thank all of our loyal customers over the past twenty years. It was a difficult decision to make to move to San Ramon. And as a family run, independent business it is very disappointing to watch the city bring in more big box stores, allow our competition to move in right across the street from us, and run small business out of town. We have donated to and supported the community for the past twenty years, and will truely miss Livermore.
Becky January 03, 2014 at 11:48 AM
We will really miss Richards. JoAnn's has nothing compared to you, and they don't even have decent fabric anymore. I'll especially miss your silk flowers.
Krissy Marie Galbraith January 03, 2014 at 11:50 AM
I was sad to see that Richard's is closing it's doors. I do shop at both Joann's and Richards but for different items. Joann's for me is more of fabric store and Richards has better quality decor and a MUCH larger art supply section that has always been my go to for my painting supplies. I'm really saddened that they are moving outside of Livermore. I'll have to go into town to Way Up Art and Frame for my art supplies I guess. Best of Luck.
Barbara Ciarlo January 03, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Sad to hear that Richards is closing in Livermore. I like to shop there for holiday decorations.
Sandie January 03, 2014 at 01:00 PM
I heard this sad news from one of Richard's employees. Richard's was always a fun place to shop! Sad to hear another family owned business has been run out of town by a big box store! :-(
Stan Ford January 03, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Don't blame the big box stores, the city of Livermore or anyone else for the store closing. What do you think they will find when they open in San Ramon? For the owner to blame the city for bringing in more big box stores is just a poor excuse. If the owner is claiming that Joann Fabrics is the cause for her closing this store, I don't buy it. Joann Fabric has been in Livermore for a long time in and old, run down building. Joann Fabric made a business decision to relocate to their new building, not the city. Maybe Richard's lease renewal came up and the landlord, not the city, decided to increase it. Who knows?
cskb January 03, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Let them go. Not impressed with them at all and I really tried seeing they were a small business. Bring on Michael's or AC Moore please!!
Kathleen Hill January 03, 2014 at 09:24 PM
Can't believe they would choose to place the business so close to the Alamo location. The Livermore store was a good location because of not only the tri valley but Tracy proximity! I don't get it. It would be easier for me to go to Michael's than to San Ramon. Luckily we still will have our little gem Way Up Art and Frame right here in Livermore!
Karen Rosenberg January 03, 2014 at 09:31 PM
I am very sad that Richards is leaving. It was always my go to store for beads, drawing, and instructions on both. I will miss Mary who has always been there for her customers, Cindy too.
Pat Iannucci January 03, 2014 at 10:06 PM
I will miss Richards. They carried items that I can't find anywhere else such as the acrylic spray paints in a multitude of colors. They also carry the largest selection of Ceramcoat paints anywhere. The employees are very nice and helpful. It was wonderful to have an alternative to the cookier cutter big chain craft stores.
Barbara Stanton January 04, 2014 at 12:19 PM
WayUp ArtnFrame can order whatever paints you want. If you like to support local businesses this is the one to support. The owner, Shakeeb is the best! WayUp ArtnFrame has been in the business for more than 50 years. Shakeeb has really turned it into a gem. If you've never been in there you're missing something. The store is on second street.
BluRav Driver January 04, 2014 at 12:33 PM
I am sorry to see Richard's go. I have shopped at Richard's and Jo-Ann's both in their old, smaller location and the new store on First St. While they both have craft items, I didn't see them as competitors as JoAnn's has so much space in the sewing category and Richard's in art and decorating. Richard's could be pricey at times. I will fondly remember standing in line to buy Beanie Babies for my kids.
Carol Meyer Rowley January 04, 2014 at 05:05 PM
I am so happy that Richard's is moving to San Ramon! They will get lots of support and business from our residents!
Karen L K January 04, 2014 at 10:39 PM
So glad to hear Richards is moving and not closing all together!
Concerned January 04, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Another happy San Ramon resident. I like Michaels but I think Richards has better quality products.
G. Cochran January 05, 2014 at 01:10 AM
I will truly miss Richards - especially during the holiday season (with my sister) and their sales! Besides it only being about 5 minutes away from my home, they always had whatever I needed either for jewelry making or any other craft I was working on at the time. They also seemed to have all of those little interesting items that no other stores have . . . Yes, I *do* wonder why they are moving so close to their other store in Alamo - it doesn't make sense to me. Although I love Michael's as well; I keep forgetting about JoAnne's - but now will make a point of going there, since it will be the only true "craft" store in town (besides Way Up, which is more art supplies for painting, if i'm not mistaken). So glad that they are not closing altogether, as Karen L K says above, but being so far away they may as well have (and then we would just go to Alamo.) Oh well . . .
G. Cochran January 05, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Of course we are "mindful" of who and what we support, and where our tax dollars are spent (when we have that information). I'm sure that the owners of Richards are wonderful people as well - but for all practical purposes: when can one, realistically, get on 580W, at a time that it is *not* a parking lot? What is the price per gallon of gas at this point in time? (although, it *does* change with the seasons . . .) How many of us either ride bicycles to or walk to Richards? Just sayin' . . .
Becky January 05, 2014 at 01:21 PM
So did the landlord raise the rent? I always thought that prop 13 property tax was a portion of the rent and didn't go up if a business stayed in one location.
Terri January 06, 2014 at 12:31 PM
(updated word errors :-) ) I would suggest staying mindful of who and what you support and where the tax dollars are used with the money you spend. Local businesses (any within 25 mile radius) support local entities. While true, Joann's and Michael's are competition in some respects; they are not in many others. And also true that the landlord made the decision by not negotiating an equitable lease agreement. The new store is a good distance from Alamo and is a little more east, so it may be somewhat close to the Alamo store, it will serve a large group of new and existing customers. The majority of the Livermore shoppers have indicated that they will come to the new location because what is offered is so much better than the chains. Richard's has far better quality more home décor and does compete very well with the craft and art supplies. Much of what is not on the shelf can be ordered for customers and often received within a week. Not every store can carry everything but with experience comes knowledge of what is most needed and requested. Also, as a reminder, Richard's has long been a community business, benefitting a lot of schools, services and philanthropic organizations. How often are the chains listed a child's school program or local art auction or social function as a contributor? Richard himself strongly believes in community and he does so much, quietly, to help not just groups, but individuals. Come meet him in Alamo sometime - you would be very surprised at who he is! His sons and daughter, who run the Livermore store and the warehouse, are not far from the tree either. They have family in Livermore and will still also be supporting their local functions as well. The dollars you spend should have value and not just with some big corporate honchos who look solely at a spreadsheet and never see the eyes of real people. There is much for the general public to learn about these chain stores and just how they do business. I think many would be shocked and appalled! I did business with a lot them for nearly 30 years and it is sometimes just far beyond amazingly sad how they actually conduct business on the backs of vendors and sometimes customers. So, again, shop with knowledge and be prepared for what you find - especially at Richard's where it often said that the unique and fun can always be found!

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