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    Did Walmart contract with Jo Ann's?

    A friend told me that our local Walmart has contracted with Jo Ann's to run the fabric dept. Anyone know anything about this?
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    Sorry, I have not heard that. I can't believe Wal-Mart would someone else run one of their departments. But you never know.

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    I haven't heard that, but I have noticed many of the same fabrics, even quality wise in our newly redone WallyWorld fabric dept. What I like is the Walmart prices are better...

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    While I don't know the specific answer to that - it is done. Years ago, I worked for a store similar to Walmart cld Zayres....they had a fabric dept and it was leased by another company. Those of us who worked back there were still employees of Zayres, not the company that had leased the dept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca View Post
    While I don't know the specific answer to that - it is done. Years ago, I worked for a store similar to Walmart cld Zayres....they had a fabric dept and it was leased by another company.
    I remember Zayres! Ours had a pretty decent fabric dept and so did Penneys. The good old days.

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    Many of the large department stores do lease out space for the different products. Sometimes the shoe or appliance departments, etc., are leased by others but the stores employees service them. It's like the food concession, (Mc Donalds, Subway, etc.) in Wall Mart is owned by others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary View Post
    I remember Zayres! Ours had a pretty decent fabric dept and so did Penneys. The good old days.
    I too remember Zayres. I used to buy my fabric there for sewing the girls' clothes
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    We're getting a new WalMart in Gardnerville. It's under construction, but I haven't heard of it having a fabric department. I guess I'll find out once it opens!
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    I have worked for WalMart for 18 years and the last 2 years have been in the fabric department. I have not heard one word about this. I think it is probably not true.

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    I work for JoAnn and have not heard of it ether.

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    I remember Zayre's, too! I remember when the major department stores in DC all had fabric and a notions dept. A loonnnnggggg time ago! :-)
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    I was security in our local Zayers store! We didn't have a fabric department though.... I sure did have a lot of fun in that job! Loved grabbing thieves.....


    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary View Post
    I remember Zayres! Ours had a pretty decent fabric dept and so did Penneys. The good old days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare View Post
    A friend told me that our local Walmart has contracted with Jo Ann's to run the fabric dept. Anyone know anything about this?
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    In the case of the Newburgh Indiana store---------that would be a blessing. Next time I'm in there-------------I'm going to cut the fabric myself and let them deal with it later. Two different times I've found something I wanted and been unable to get it cut. Guy refused to call a cutter last time---------------the service department heard about it and so did corporate.
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    I think that's just the current variation of the stubborn, but totally untrue, rumor that WalMart bought JoAnn's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    In the case of the Newburgh Indiana store---------that would be a blessing. Next time I'm in there-------------I'm going to cut the fabric myself and let them deal with it later. Two different times I've found something I wanted and been unable to get it cut. Guy refused to call a cutter last time---------------the service department heard about it and so did corporate.
    Yup, I'll probably cut my own fabric too. It is incredibly frustrating - when you finally find some fabric that is of a quality that you can work with, and have to stand there ringing that danged bell over and over and over and still nobody comes to the fabric department!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary View Post
    I remember Zayres! Ours had a pretty decent fabric dept and so did Penneys. The good old days.
    Many of the department stores had fabric departments. I do remember as a child going with my Mother and watch the saleslady run the fabric through a little machine attached to the counter. This machine would measure the fabric being purchased and then she would clip at the correct measurement and then cut away. If you were charging the item, she would then write up your charge, fold it and slip it into a medal cylinder and place the cylinder into a chute sending your charge for approval..very similar to the bank drive-ins of today.......
    Those were the days...or were they ????

    but...it does give away my age !!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjsylvstr View Post
    Many of the department stores had fabric departments. I do remember as a child going with my Mother and watch the saleslady run the fabric through a little machine attached to the counter. This machine would measure the fabric being purchased and then she would clip at the correct measurement and then cut away. If you were charging the item, she would then write up your charge, fold it and slip it into a medal cylinder and place the cylinder into a chute sending your charge for approval..very similar to the bank drive-ins of today.......
    Those were the days...or were they ????

    but...it does give away my age !!!!!!!
    Oh my, I had almost forgotten about that experience! What memories!

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    I haven't heard that. But I sure wish our walmart would put in a fabric dept! Whoever runs it!
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    Perhaps what everyone should do when there is no cutter is to cut, write the price and quantity on a slip of paper and take it to the register. That will get someone's attention. Evil thoughts this morning.

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    I don't care who runs it...the new lay out is wonderful. We never lost our fabric but now the selection is fabulous. All price ranges, all fun stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircleSquare View Post
    A friend told me that our local Walmart has contracted with Jo Ann's to run the fabric dept. Anyone know anything about this?
    Ann
    It could be. Some times not ALL stores in a chain are able to run a department (due to staff, best value, etc). Also some BIG stores are trying different things for areas that have not done well for them in the past (not ALL the Walmarts lost the fabric dept, so maybe in the ones that Walmart felt they lost money before they could be leasing them out). I'm sure Walmart will try anything to see how it works in an area. I live in any area that Walmart had to FIGHT!!!! to get into, so over by my house the ONLY put in a SMALL store (food only), to try and get people to love them (I still want a BIG Walmart). I feel that a lot of stores are trying a lot of different things to make more money as well as make more people happy.

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    I solved the problem of no cutters at the fabric departemt along time ago. I pick up the phone and keep punching buttons until someone answers and then I let them find me a cutter. I have found the stores that have the best fabric selections usually have a dept manager and I quickly find their name and have them paged directly.

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    I bet this rumor got started by someone who was doing some wishful thinking! I cannot imagine why Jo Anns would do this.
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    It could be possible. I worked for WM for 11 years before I retired. They may contract that department out to save them money by not having the liabiltiy,responsibilty, and the manpower to run the department. They do that for the book nook, the subway,etc (remember the Radio Grill?), the Hair Salon, etc.? So it wouldn't surprise me that they are trying it out in different stores
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    My M-I-L owned a fabric store for many years and would complain long and loud about the chain stores and their prices as compared to the quality. Evidently, JoAnn's has A, B, & C stores with comparible fabric quality. Most were C stores, but I have noticed them bringing in some higher quality fabrics. And they are charging prices that seem to be either comparable or a bit higher than the local quilt shops.
    All the stores have buyers that go to the markets. Of course, the larger chain stores can purchase in giant lots for a much greater discount so the fabrics at JoAnn's and Walmart are bound to come from the same companies.
    The other thought is, as some one else mentioned, they may be leasing space to a fabric vendor much like JoAnn's leases to a sewing machine vendor.
    A new super Walmart just opened not far from me, but they don't have a fabric department - bummer. Just a handful of yarns, but great groceries!

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