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One of the top executives at Kirkland’s is preparing to leave the home decor retailer to help lead an arts and crafts company.

Jeff Martin, 42, joined Brentwood-based Kirkland’s in August 2019 as vice president of transformation and was named senior VP of omni-channel retail in January of last year to oversee Kirkland’s store and e-commerce operations after the departure of President and COO Michael Cairnes. He will put in his last day with Kirkland’s Sept. 7.

In a filing with regulators, Kirkland’s officials said Martin has committed to being president of an unnamed privately-owned arts and crafts company based in the Midwest. His job responsibilities, they added, will be divided among other company leaders and the omni-channel role will be eliminated.

Martin is being paid a $375,000 salary this year, and his total 2020 compensation package was worth almost $720,000.

Shares of Kirkland’s (Ticker: KIRK) fell nearly 9 percent to $18.31 Tuesday. They have lost about 25 percent over the past six months but — after a rocket ride of a summer last year — are still up 50 percent year over year.