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Thread: My heart is breaking...

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    The fabric store closest to me, the one I have gone to since my nose could rest in the cutting groove of the table when I was 3, the store with over 9,000 bolts of fabric, the one where I went when I first started quilting 7 years ago, the store where I work...is closing.
    Not due to a lack of business, in fact, it is a hopping place with world-wide customers. But because a discount grocery store bought the building that we call home. For three weeks I, along with my co-workers, have been explaining over the phone, by email, and to customers in the store why we are closing. My heart aches.
    We have made so many friends with regular customers. Ladies that drive three hours to come see us once a month and customers that come in once a week to see what is new. I have helped make fabric selections, shared tips, encouraged new quilters, and marveled over completed projects.
    I called this my mental health job. How many people actually love their job? I will miss my co-workers, seeing all the new fabric as it comes in, and planning projects with customers. I will also miss the donuts from downstairs, although my hips won't.
    We are still hoping for a miracle. I am hoping for a miracle, but in the meantime, I just cry.

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    Can they not move to another building?

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    Hayloft in Morgantown?

    I had thought they might be able work something out.
    Very sad.

    I hope there is some other empty building they can move to - seems in this economy there are plenty of vacant commercial properties. I doubt Morgantown is any different. But I'm sure there are a ton of other factors the owners have to consider as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RenaB
    Can they not move to another building?
    Not without a buyer for the store. We are owned by a grocery store. It's a bit confusing but the short and easiest answer is, unfortunately, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Hayloft in Morgantown?

    I had thought they might be able work something out.
    Very sad.
    Bingo. Are you a regular?

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    i'm so sorry. it is so sad. a fabric store with people who care. a store where you like to go. people your like to work with. i truly am so sorry that this has happened. i wish you and your co workers much luck and well wishes!

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    Too bad. An inventory that large is too expensive for most crafters to buy.

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    Maybe something better might happen - I hope so.

    The quilt shop in Dade City was "ousted" by the new owners - but a different person opened a new shop in a different location - and it's doing well - and it's ever so much more fun to go to than the "old" one was.

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    Happy thoughts going out to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamRipper
    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Hayloft in Morgantown?
    I had thought they might be able work something out.
    Very sad.
    Bingo. Are you a regular?
    Nah, just semi-annual/annual shop hops to Lancaster from NYC with some friends. It was one of the stops.

    I haven't ever really looked at their online shop - I don't think everything is on it, but the prices are wonderfully low.
    And they do 1/4 yd cuts online, which I love.
    http://www.hayloftfabrics.com/store.php

    How many people did the shop employ?

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    That's so sad. A business that is thriving and has proven stability for many years should not be tossed aside in this economy.

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    I'm sorry, I sure hope something works out for the store.

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    Can't believe it is closing! I have wanted to shop there but never got back up in the area after I got into quilting.

    Is there another building in the area the owners could move it to?

    What are they going to do with all the inventory?
    Where are you and your co-workers going to go?

    I understand your loving the job. I work in the Fabric Dept at WM and love it! I'd love to have my own shop someday, but for now love helping my customers there.

    ((Hugs )) to you as you say goodbye to what's been a part of you forever.

    Phyllis
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    I had heard about Hayloft closing and some friends and I are making the 2 hour drive tomorrow. By far Hayloft has been my favorite. The staff is so helpful and the selection and prices are great. I keep thinking some fairy godmother will come out of the woodwork and find a solution. By the way, there are plenty of vacant stores in central jersey and we would love a fabric store close by. (I can dream can't I?)

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    Well, that just s**ks!. I would be heartbroken too

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    I can't believe it :( I drive from the Poconos to shop there, or should I say my husband drives me LOL

    I have a friend that hasn't ever been there and we were hoping to get there before it's too late.

    How much stock is left?

    robin

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    Will pray for a quilting Angel to appear and find a solution so that all the quilters can still have their needs met.

    ali

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    oh, that is sad, I've been there many times on my trips to PA, Love Hayloft, it will be missed, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!!

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    I hope nand pray something works out.

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    This is so sad. I will hope for a miracle too.

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    my thoughts are with you, I know the shop, and do not miss stopping there with each trip to PA, once, sometimes twice a year. I loved that store, my mom did also. I can't recall how many years I have been stoppong there.

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    I'll cry with you!

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    SORRY :(

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    Well, I have been a "regular" for probably 20 years. It is by far my favorite quilting store. You girls are all so friendly and helpful. I will miss my nearly weekly trips; and someone asking me if I brought a "show & tell". Good luck to you and the rest of you girls. You will sadly be missed in my life.

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    Last time I was in their was chance that someone was going to buy it and move to another space in the same building, did this fall thru? I hope not this is one of our regualar stops when we do a road trip.

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