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Thread: Response from Walmart on carrying fabrics

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    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
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    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 Walmart in the past.

    In keeping with our emphasis on being a store of the community, Walmart 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. Walmart 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.

    Walmart Customer Care

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    This just shows good business. If a product isn't popular, they shouldn't keep it. They do have obligations to their shareholders. To keep the fabric section in your walmart, you need to be willing to show it through your wallet. Ours has a huge fabric section, but it's also always busy.

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    Super Member dltaylor's Avatar
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    I sure hope our Walmart keeps their fabric...I go every Saturday morning!!

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    Super Member fabric_fancy's Avatar
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    the walmart in my area has a large fabric section also and the quality and of the fabric has actually improved a great deal.

    many people from our guild now shop there.

    once the 3 LQS closed down walmart really jump on the opportunity to improve this section and attract all those shoppers.

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    Super Member jljack's Avatar
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    This is why we all need to send letters pleading for our fabric departments to be returned!!

    I am lucky...2 of our local WalMarts have full fabric departments. The SuperCenters don't, but we heard the new SuperCenter will have one. Keeping my fingers crossed, as that is the one that will be closest to me.

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    Enid, OK
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    you can have fabric, yarn, crafts or you have have Dora birthday party stuff...you can not have both! and apparently in most towns little kids who want THEME parties out number quilter's, crafters, sewers, etc!

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    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
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    Rally your fellow customers in your local area.

    Talk to local management and then work your way up the food chain.

    They have to know the customer base for that store will support keeping fabrics or bringing them back.

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