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Thread: FYI - Walmart

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    I went into a new Walmart in Appomattox, VA today and much to my amazement there was a whole isle of fabric.....that's right ladies, fabric in two yard lengths for $7.00. There were cottons, flannel and fleece. There were actually some pretty pieces and the quality felt good. It was hanging with lablels attached. I'm just curious if this is going to be in all Walmarts. Has anyone else seen this yet? Somebody is obviously listening to the quilters........let's see where it takes us.

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    My family no longer work for walmart So I can't get the information.

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    I don't hold out much hope here in southeast Michigan. They remodeled the store six months ago and it is gone.

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    Hanging? Already cut? Now they don't have to hire someone to cut fabric!

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    went in ours last night, and the same thing, a whole aisle of material. all kinds. and it was cut in 2 yard pieces. Also all kind of tote kits. lots of new things.

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    That's right.....already cut and hanging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathie_R
    Hanging? Already cut? Now they don't have to hire someone to cut fabric!
    Exactly! My sister lives in Bentonville, AR, and she said the Wal-mart there has been doing that for awhile. I think she said there were also FQ and half-yards.

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    Ours has jelly rolls, FQ's, and packaged coordinating pairs of 1 yard cuts and charm squares. They are still carrying fabric too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Ours has jelly rolls, FQ's, and packaged coordinating pairs of 1 yard cuts and charm squares. They are still carrying fabric too.
    Mine has started carrying all the "cuts" too but still had fabric on the bolt.

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    Our store just started their remodel on Monday. Our fabric dept will still carry some fabric but we are also loosing a lot! We are getting a smaller cutting table, but will still be cutting fabric for our customers.
    Our craft portion of the department is shrinking a LOT too!
    I had 3 customers tell me today that they won't shop at the store AT ALL if the fabric goes away! And they are some of our regular customers! I hate if for them! I'll miss them!

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    I very rarely shop at Walmart but my husband and I needed something really quick on the way home at 10 o'clock. Not a lot still open then. We swung by the Walmart that's on the way home. I hadn't been in it in a loooong time so I was surprised at all the remodeling going on. They no longer had the fabric section but in the craft area had the same cut and hanging fabric that other posters mentioned above. There were fat quarters on up to 2 yard cuts.

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    Ours----45 miles from home.....none

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    Our local Walmart has barely anything left in the craft dept. No fabric at all, just sewing machines and now they've brought the kids crafts to the aisles from the toy section. I think shortly I am going to be totally out of luck.

    The last time I went end they had an end cap with some of their craft items at reduced prices. Not that reduced!

    They still have yarn but it has shrunk from 2 1/2 aisles to 1/2 an aisle.

    I am so dissapointed as there isn't a fabric store less than 20 miles from my house, and I live near 5 malls.

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    I live in Halifax Va and our WM still has just bolts.

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    Our Wal-Mart emptied the fabric department about a year ago. Tonight I chewed on the store manager about not having the fabric. Evidently I wasn't the only one he has received complaints from. He said the fabric department was always in the hole. Because some of the employees didn't know how to measure and would over shoot by a couple of inches. So at the end of the year when they did inventory with lots of material over cut and not paid for, they were in the hole.

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    when our Walmart remodel, all fabric gone

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    Our newly renovated WM has the fabric of which you speak... two yard choices, one yard choices, fat quarters and jelly rolls - still have to be careful of the quality - oh and charm packs also - 170 charms for 13.00!!

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    I live almost the same distance to four Wal-Marts and only one still has fabric on bolts. Why only two yd. cuts? What if someone wanted three yards for a queen size quilt backing? They'd have to buy 4 - 2yd. cuts and sew them together in sections and have alot of waste of fabric. I'd definitely have to go somewhere else - Internet sales or LQS!!

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    Note to Walmart, I will not buy the two yard cuts. I usually buy more than that and I don't want to piece it. So you can keep the ready cut stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lclang
    Note to Walmart, I will not buy the two yard cuts. I usually buy more than that and I don't want to piece it. So you can keep the ready cut stuff!
    I'm with you! What were they thinking, two yards?

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    How far is 2 yards gonna go for a backing??

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    I wouldn't know about ours. I try not to go there. They don't listen to us so I don't shop there.

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    Went to my Walmart today...where there were 3 aisles is now only 2. Doesn't appear they're restocking fabric either...I guess the writing's on the wall.

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    From an "insider" that I know, many W-M stores are getting rid of fabric and the rest are going to go to the lengths you described. They consider cutting fabric to be "labor intensive" and don't want to pay staff. If you look at what's left of the crafts, it's almost all kits. They are getting rid of the single items like packages of stickers and going to scrapbooking kits with everything included. I am furious!! Those of us with experience don't want kits, we just want the pieces we need! But to them it cuts down on inventory. To me, it says they don't care enough about their customers to give them what they want. It also means that I need to travel several hours one way to get what I need. Well, guess what? I'll get everything else I need while I'm there and no longer support my local store.
    And don't kid yourself--the craft department is one of the biggest money-makers they have, after health and beauty. At least in my town (and most smaller towns without access to the larger chain fabric and craft stores)! That's why it is located in the very back of the store--so customers have to pass by everything else in the store to get there.....

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    i was the department manager or my stores fabric department and i never even knew when they would do away with the fabric until i went in one day and the fabric was scanning 25% off we no longer have sewing machines or anything to do with sewing very little fat quarters

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