Fun fact from another former Richmond Ben Franklin employee (and older sister of a current Richmond Ben Franklin employee): until very recently, the Richmond Ben Franklins WERE locally owned, by the Strang-Hatcher Corporation based in Mechanicsville. The actual owner was a man named Mr. Tennant and he used to come visit each store every couple of days or so and stress everybody out.
He owned all of the 6 Richmond-area stores. They just buy the use of the "Ben Franklin" name, and that is really the only way they are related to any other Ben Franklin store anywhere else. Most of the Ben Franklin stores around the country are actually five and dimes, not even craft stores.
The six Richmond stores were bought by Sbars, their primary supplier, within the past year or so (I want to say in 2009). I am not entirely sure whether Sbars bought the stores directly or if they took over Strang-Hatcher.
(I worked at the Short Pump store beginning in 2005, in high school. I worked there for 14 months straight, then started college. I continued to work at BF when I was at home on school breaks until very early January, 2010.)