Michaels is an American privately held chain of arts and crafts stores that operates all over North America. In addition to art supplies and crafting supplies, the company also provides floral, scrapbooking, picture framing, wall décor and many other types of merchandise. Michaels is one of the top selling arts and crafts stores in the United States and is well loved by its loyal customers for seasonal décor, creative products and much more.
Michaels was founded in 1973 when Michael J. Dupey opened his first store in Dallas, Texas, after converting a Ben Franklin five and dime store. The company grew and by 1982 it had grow to more than ten stores. Through acquisitions and new store openings, Michaels became a booming business in the mid-1990s and by 2008 they opened their 1000th store. Today, Michaels operates more than 1200 stores in the US and Canada.
The weekly flyer put out by Michaels lets customers save big on all sorts of items. From seasonal products at 40% off to custom picture framing at up to 70% off, Michaels offers hundreds of items on sale. Plus, Michaels stores also offer classes and events, allowing kids and adults to learn crafting skills and save money at Michaels. Plus, the Michaels app lets customers easily access their digital coupons.
In May 2022, it was announced that Michaels was changing the way it operates. The big arts and crafts store went through purchase and has come out looking a bit different. In fact, in 2022, the company was closing several of its distribution efforts and laid off several employees in the process.
Michaels works hard to give back to their communities. Through the power of creativity, Michaels’ charitable partnership with Project Sunshine brings a bright spot to thousands of hospitalized kids. More than 450 hospital partners and 20,0000 volunteers allow hospitalized kids to connect by expressing their creativity.