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Thread: Joann's Fabric and Wal Mart

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    The fabric department manager at my WalMart told me that the WM corporation purchased Joann's Fabrics. Maybe that explains why they have downsized and eliminated some of the WM fabric departments. Joann's prices are much higher down here than WM's - sometimes $4-6 more per yard.

    Gads - what next!

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    That would explain a lot, wouldn't it?

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    I can't find anything on Google about Walmart purchasing Joann's. I think that is may be a rumor.

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    I have noticed my local Joanns has cut down on fabric and especially quilting supplies. They only sell packaged batting now. They have more arts and craft than ever before.

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    I sure hope this isn't true that Walmart purchased Joann's, because the way they run their store here is not how Joann's should be and they will most likely bring in cheaper material, not a good thing. I am going to ask when I go to Joann's. :cry: :evil:

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    Ruth no more bolts of warm and natural in Queensbury? I was in quickly today for some flannel for my denim rag but didn't make it to the back of the store. That's a huge disappointment, I usually wait for a good coupon and buy enough for a few projects.

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    I hope this is just a wild rumor. I have stopped shopping at WalMart since they dropped their fabric department, and if JoAnn's starts to cut down on their fabrics too, I'll be beside myself. There are several JoAnn's just minutes from my house, and each one lately has cleaned up their act -- their merchandise is neatly arranged, books are nicely shelved, floors have been decluttered. They look like they got rid of half their inventory, although they all say they just straightened up due to orders from management. Even the personnel are friendlier. Doesn't sound like a WalMart imprint, does it?

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    Ilena, I love the quilt in your avatar. It's just my style!

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    My JoAnne's still has batting and muslin on the bolts. I sure hope they don't stop selling either one. I ran in last night to buy some thread and left with 8 yards of fabric -- and NO thread lol. Guess I have to go back again today.

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    I'm hoping the department manager was incorrect. She said it was announced on a morning show on television, but couldn't remember which one. She didn't say whether they would be moving the fabric that WM usually gets to Joann's or any other details, but she was sure disgusted.

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    I went to Joann's today, asked them if Walmart had bought Joann's and
    she said not that she had heard, they got a new CEO, but thats all. So
    hope its true. :D

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    I don't know about this thing with Joanns but my WM has desided NOT to close the fabric dept in Oct. I guess there were too many complaints about them closing it.

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    I also went to Walmart today and they had moved the fabric dept. and decreased the size to two aisles only.

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    Our local Walmart here said that some of the stores were closing out the fabric departments to make room to start selling alcohol. Another case of profits versus consumers wants/needs. I was not impressed nor happy to hear that. We will not be losing our fabric department here as sales are so high in this area, (it also helps that there is a liquor store only 3 blocks away,) but will be losing the ones located where my daughters live.

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    I went to Joanns down the street from me and ,the woman I talked to said she hadn't heard anything like that,I sure hope not,if WM bought Joanns I refuse to shop there.

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    :shock: Say it ain't so!!! I have to drive an hour to go to Joann's in Wilmington, but they still have loads and loads of fabric. Our Walmart says the home office got so many complaints they think we'll keep our fabric for awhile, anyway. If it holds until Dec they say it will STAY, but who knows what these CEOs are going to decide to get the most out of us?????

    Online fabric shopping may be our only options soon...
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    I agree completely. I have stopped shopping at WM unless it is an emergency and if they DID buy Joann's then by default so will they. Has anyone heard or found anything confirming this rumor? :(

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    Walmart here just got a large amount of fabric in from a store in albany that is closing their fabric department.

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    Hi--My WalMart said they are continuing their fabric department but quality has changed. My daughter worked for JoAnns at one time and she told me it was a publicly traded company. She couldn't find anything that said WalMart had bought JoAnns.

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    I don't have a Joann's in my area. The WalMart here was going to remove their fabric line so all of the local quilt guilds called the 800 number to complain, and they decided to keep it. The fabric section has not changed.

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    I dont think this is true. But you never know.

    I hope not. I refuse to shop at ANY walmart.

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    although it is cheaper i get alot of my fabrics at walmart. i hope they all don't lose their fabrics. i also shop at joanns and hancocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmaker101
    I can't find anything on Google about Walmart purchasing Joann's. I think that is may be a rumor.
    When they closed down our Hancocks here in town, the same thing was said about WM buying out the Hancock stores.

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    :( :?: Ok Really??? Except we don't have a Joann's either and WM is going out as we speak!!!!! :( :( :( :( :!: :!: :!:

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