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Thread: Walmart Fabric Depts. closings

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    Junior Member gangles's Avatar
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    I emailed Walmart Corp. Hqts. maybe you will to, to ask them
    to stop closing the Fabric Departments. Will you please email them also. :) http://walmartstores.com/contactus/feedback.aspx
    Gangles

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    That's a shame, my Walmart is running over with fabric. New shipments every week. I signed a petition to them but only 108 people signed it, so I guess it wasn't helpful. Some Walmarts here in VA did away with their fabrics also. Glad mine didn't, it's the only place we have for fabric.

    Sondra

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    Sent them another email , but they never respond :cry: Can't hurt to try though can it :roll:
    Sharon

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    i emailed them also i hope it does some good they are closing the fabric department here in sc also

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    I got a nice letter from WalMart Hqts. explaining their policy for closing out bolts of fabric. If ya'll want to read it I can post it here.
    Thanks for the replies. :lol:

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    My Walmart just started selling jelly rolls and fat quarter packs. So I guess they're not getting rid of fabric for a while.

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    i emailed and not only requested a reconsideration of fabric, but also pointed out that many of us only do incidental shopping and that without the fabric dept wouldn't go there at all.

    wal-mart probably doesn't care, but i hope it gives them something to think about.

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    I e-mailed Walmart also. I don't think they listen to the commom people but its worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    If they don't want to have bolts of fabric and hire a fabric cutter, lets hope they start selling FQs and jelly rolls. Right? I would even buy pre-cut pieces if they were of good quality and at least 2 yards a pack.
    When I was a teenager, our general merchandise store handled pieced goods by Dan River. That was the best fabric! The packages were usually 4-yd. pieces.

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    Gangles,
    I'd like to read the letter you received from Wal-mart about closing their fabric depts. My Wal-mart is still carrying them and the clerks I talked to don't know anything about closing it out. It would be an interesting read. Thanks.

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    I found out today that the WalMart that is 60 miles from here does have a great fabric dept. We go to that city two or three each month. So the next time we go, I'll plan to stop and check it out. OUr need here isn't as urgent now since we have a new LQS about 8 miles away. She is a quilter and wants to accomodate her customers. I hope the small business survives these slow economic times. Although our area hasn't been hit as hard as some areas. Of course, we do hear that it's coming.

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    Mine closed this week. I found out on Wed but couldn't get into town, so I stopped in early thurs afternoon and there was not a scrap left. I was sooo depressed.

    Lynette

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    I am glad to hear you all appreciate Walmart's fabric dept. like me. As far as I can tell there are no fabric snobs on this board. I think I said this before but it is refreshing to hear that as a lot of other boards have those Walmart snobs and the same goes for Joann's which I frequent often too.
    I think because they have reasonable prices people think the fabric is no good If you know what you are looking for you can do well with their fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene
    I am glad to hear you all appreciate Walmart's fabric dept. like me. As far as I can tell there are no fabric snobs on this board. I think I said this before but it is refreshing to hear that as a lot of other boards have those Walmart snobs and the same goes for Joann's which I frequent often too.
    I think because they have reasonable prices people think the fabric is no good If you know what you are looking for you can do well with their fabrics.
    Amen on that.

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    Spooky, you asked to read the letter from Walmart Corp Hqtrs and here it is:

    Date: Monday, March 23, 2009 8:02 PM
    From: CUSTOMER REPLIES <[email protected]>
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Response from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Ref #000000022639496)
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    Thank you for your message.

    Dear Ms. Mitchell,

    Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding the fabric department in your local
    store. As with any merchandise decision that we make, we have based our
    decision to reduce the stitching and fabric departments on customer demand,
    which does not appear to be as high today for a full stitching and fabric
    offering in some markets as it may have been at Wal-Mart in the past.

    In keeping with our emphasis on being a store of the community, Wal-Mart is
    converting the fabrics and crafts department in some stores to a newly expanded
    assortment of merchandise that focuses on life's celebrations. We are thrilled
    to offer our customers this exciting new crafts and celebrations center that
    makes available craft and party planning needs along with information on current
    trends and new ideas in the area of life's celebrations, such as holidays,
    weddings and birthdays.

    In those stores where the new crafts and celebrations center is placed,
    merchandise commonly referred to as 'notions' will be included in the product
    offerings - such as sewing machines, yarn, needles, thread, etc. As a part of
    this conversion, most of our new and remodeled stores that opened earlier this
    year, as well as a small number of existing stores, will feature the new crafts
    and celebrations center in place of bolt fabrics. Wal-Mart will continue to
    carry cut fabric in most of our stores. Due to the continued evaluation of our
    stores, we are unable to share a list of existing stores scheduled to receive
    the new crafts and celebrations center at this time.

    Thank you,
    Wal-Mart Customer Relations



    For further correspondence regarding this issue, please reply to this email.




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    did you reply to the email and tell them what to do with their "holiday celebrations department"? :evil: :evil:


    just wondering. LOL.

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    Yes, I did. I told them that I thought there were enough Michaels Crafts Stores, Hobby Lobbys, and speciallity wedding shops, Party stores, etc. to cover those things adequately.
    Gangles

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    good girl!

    let 'em have it between the eyes!

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    The only place close to me to get fabric other than Wal-Mart for collegiate fabric (within 30 mile radius) is $2 more than Wal-Mart per yard. I need to restock that for my scrub hats. I e-mailed them, got overnight reply, but they don't know which ones are slated to close (or aren't announcing it). They said if they take away a stores fabric dept away, they replace with new craft items and life celebrations items (holidays, B'days). OK, but that means we have to pay much higher prices.

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    Same form letter they sent me. Guess we're getting through to them & they know we're not taking this sitting down. LOL....if it's top secret, we'll only know when we walk in & our fabric is gone.

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    The associate that worked the fabric dept at our WalMart before the dept. was closed told me that as the super WalMarts were remodeled they would eventually shut down ALL fabric depts. Isn't that narrow-minded of them. And they claim to be community oriented. Well they don't know anything about our community, if they don't know that they were our only source for fabric.

    Thank Goodness one quilter went out on a limb and opened a little fabric shop. Her stock is growing daily. Quilters are responding and shopping there. She's brought her LAQ and is doing quilting for customers. Her prices on fabric are very reasonable (It beats having to spend money on gas for the car to go 30 miles for fabric.) She's 6 miles from my house.

    As far as I'm concerned, WM can keep their jelly rolls. I'd rather buy yardage from our LQS and help her stay in business. I'm sure in due time the JRs will be in her shop. Sorry for the venting. It's my opinion.

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    Hello to all, from Alabama. Our Walmart here in our town closed out their fabric department recently. I work at Hobby Lobby about a mile from that same Walmart. We are getting really busy in my fabric department now. I do not think this summer will be as slow as in previous years. Weekends are as busy as at christmas. Yet I still hear folks say that people aren't sewing as much as they used to. Bosh! as my grandmother wold have said. I can say that is incorrect. I have many new "sewers" who have recently gotten their first sewing machine and they are having a great time. I enjoy hearing about all the things they are making. So if any of you out there need another place for your fabric fix, check out HobbyLobby.com and find out if there's a store near you. We have about 450 stores now all over the U.S. Come on in and join us, we have fun there. We even have show and tel sometimes when someone brings what they have made from our fabrics. At least we do at my store. Ya'll come now, ya hear?

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    I like Hobby Lobby, but nearest to me is 30 miles. I pay them a visit when I do to my dentist, bout ev month or so. They have more notions.

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    Until a LQS opened a few miles away, our nearest source of fabric was 30 miles away. On one end of the city is Hobby Lobby and the other is JoAnn. So depending on the area I will be in is where I shop. I love the Hobby Lobby fabric dept. Even if I'm not shopping for fabric, I will leave the store with a few yards.

    I can ask the Hobby Lobby employee, does your store offer quilting lessons or workshops?

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    I did just buy 4 pieces of fabric from walmart, and I need help from any of you that can come up with an idea for a pattern.
    The fabric is brown with line drawings in tan of flowers and butterflies in a large print I dont wont to cut too small.
    One is matching tan with large floral print in brown and one matching tan with small print and I got solid brown to match.
    I would love a pattern with large pieces to use this fabric to make DH a quilt.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    I have thought of square in a square with border around using the largest prints alternately in the center square and brown in outer square and strip around with small print and strip between the blocks with the solid brown.
    Thanks
    Gangles (a terrible childhood nickname)

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