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    Ladies,
    At guild meeting earlier this week, it was noted that WalMart is going to close out their fabric/notions at many of their stores. WM have not as yet disclosed which stores are affected. So, if you want your store to retain the fabric center, call 1-800-WALMART and tell them so. And then of course, spread the word.
    It is our understand this section of the store will be replaced with "party supplies". ???? Like how many parties to support this change.
    We are very rural here and our choices are WalMart or Joann's. The two quilt shops are 45 and 75 minutes away, so we need to keep WM for those quick needs. Suzanne

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    Thanks for the warning Suz. Like you WalMart and Joannes's are my only choises and Joannes is 45 mins. away so I depend on WalMart. I will call the number. Again thanks for the heads up

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    I work for Wal-Mart. We here have been told that the fabric department is NOT going away. If the department was closing, we would not still be getting in the massive amount of fabrics we are getting.

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    Seems to me I hear this rumor every other year. I hope it never comes true, but you never know. The best thing to do is just wait and see.

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    I would be lost without the Walmart fabric department. We lost a lot of the notions in our area and they were replaced by the scrapbooking.
    I find some real gems in the dollar fabric. I have bought some extra wide fabric that is perfect for curtains and drapes. Lately I have scooped up some shirting fabric that will go into a future quilt. Lots of knits available, I have been thinking I coukd treat them like the directions on a t shirt quilt and make some nice quilts.
    Any way I shop there and Joanns so I would be lost......if they close

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    Thanks for the info. I also live in an area that Wal-Mart is the only choice. To get to JoAnn's I have to drive an hour. I will call the number, wish they would bring back lay-a-way.

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    Ladies,
    If you call the number and talk directly with the person responding, a real person, not a "menu", she will read to you the announcement about closing the fabric departments in some of their stores and replacing it with "party supplies, etc". I think this will also include yarns and notions, as well. She cannot tell you which stores, she will makes notes on your message and forward it to headquarters. I feel certain this is more than a rumor.
    The guild member was asked by a rep at our WalMart to make the call. This is how we learned about it.
    When the 1-800-WALMART number is answered, you will go through about 5 menus at which you will answer "regarding a shopping experience" and at the very end you will speak with a real person.
    I had told her that my 4-H's depend on our store, that the closest quilt shops were 45 and 75 minutes away, that we are very rural and depend on WalMart. I don't personally buy a lot at this store, but I know of many who depend upon this department for all of their sewing needs. Suzanne

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    Well here In Long Island New York the Walmart hasn't closed out it's fabric department but It has reduced it's content. The bargin fabrics are almost null. However I did purchase some other fabrics for $2.99 per yd. That was the least exspencive. I'm fairly new to quilting and afraid to ruin more exspencive materials. I would still want to call the 1800 # just so that they realize the demand. I just recived the EQ6 for Christmas, WOW what a gift. I'm happy! Wishing all a very Happy Holiday!

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    I was just at my Wal-Mart and my store is one of the ones that is going out. The next closest Wal-Mart is 30 miles away and Joannes is 45 miles. Please everybody call the 800 number even if it doesn't affect you. Those of us in rural ares need your help and support.

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    I just talked to my Wal-Mart fabric department, they are not closing, but others are. I will sure voice my opion for all small areas such as mine. JoAnn's and others similar are 60 miles from me.

    Debbie

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    A bout 2-3 yrs ago I had heard that Wal mart was reducing the size of the craft departments and selling only pre-cut lengths of fabric. When they put in the super Walmarts here the craft dept. were smaller.But they are still cutting fabric. I went into a Big Lots last yr. and found pre- cut fabric packaged for Walmart, but only that one time. I am lucky here . I have access to Jo-Anns , Hobby Lobby, and several good quilt shops. In some areas all there is are Walmarts.

    Mary in Louisiana :D

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    I live in upstate Queensbury NY I asked the manager of the fabric dept. she said this one is staying open. Some in the south will be closing.

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    Here is a link to the Wal-Mart home office where you can leave online feed back about the company or your local store. http://walmartstores.com/GlobalWMStoresWeb/navigate.do?catg=221 Just click on submit feed back for our corporate headquarters.

    Hope this helps.

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    I found a petition online to stop the closing of Walmat fabric Depts. This is the site if you are interested. http://www.petitiononline.com/savefab/petition.html
    I aslo wrote a letter to the CEO. I live in a county (which is not very large) in which I am located just in the right spot. I can go to four Walmarts. Some are kinda far, but I go just to check out the fabric. All the sales people know me and not one of them has heard of Walmart downsizing the department. But to be sure I did a letter to the CEO of the company, advising of the petition, and that it is very demorilizing for personal to hear about downsizing from customers before hearing it from Walmart themselves. I first heard it from customers telling the Walmart staff. The only response to date was I was informed that the downsizing would be packaging of misc. items ie: batting etc.... Not downsizing of personal. I do not know what is true, but again maybe you want to go to the web site and sign the petition and prehaps notify the CEO also. You can do that by going to the Co. Walmart website. That is how I did it. Hope this helps. :roll:

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    I talked to my friends at Wal-Mart I go to, unfourtunley my Wal-Mart is one of the ones that will closing the fabric department. I was told its a promotional thing they are picking Wal-Mart in various areas they are replacing the department with party goods. No employees will lose there jobs. This will be starting within the next 6 months to as lonf as 2 years.

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    Again, perhaps if you and others go to the petition and in fact state that Walmart maybe we can make a change. Not likely but it most certainly can not hurt to try! :cry:

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    I was just checking my email and found this message regarding the message I left them yesterday on thier customer service site:

    Thank you for your message.

    Thank you for you recent inquiry regarding the fabric department in your local store. In keeping with our emphasis on being a store of the community, Wal-Mart 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 opening in early 2007, as well as a small number of existing stores, will feature the new crafts and celebrations center in place of cut fabrics. Wal-Mart 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.

    Thank you,
    Wal-Mart Customer Relations

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    One of our Walmarts has already downsized. The other one I talked to today and they were told within 1-3 years. They also will only go to prepackaged items. They are replacing them with wedding merchandise. Walmart thinks they can pick up more business. She said they were sadly mistaken, as they sell lots of fabric and notions.

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    I would be interested to know, how many communities where these Walmarts are located had small fabric shops before the 800 lb gorilla moved in? How many chose Walmart because it was cheaper?

    Just curious. I am lucky to have 4 or 5 Walmarts I don't go to, as well as a half dozen quilt shops, and one or two Hancock Fabric stores around. I usually only patronize my local quilts shops, the advice given is worth the price differential.

    I know it doesn't help all of you in remote areas of the country, but perhaps you can start getting your local qult guilds together and do shopping trips together. 45 minutes discussing the latest piecing technique makes the drive go much faster. Meetings oon wheels.

    tim in san jose

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    Amen, Tim!! We all love those low prices and most of us are guilty of going to WalMart to save money. After the mom and pop businesses are gone, where else are we going to shop? And when there is nowhere else, will WalMart still be cheap? We will be at their mercy, as we are with this fabric department closure. I thank you for the reminder. I've been spending too much at WalMart lately.

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    Hi Suz the wm that have close fabric dept. here in Okla city ok. have already stock their fabric dept. with artificial flowers and party supplies. Thank God for one wm with fabric which is 10-15 mins. away and hey have decrease the amount fabric they use to carry, i will get the word out and pass on the phone number'I'm going to write my Legislature and see if they can help, i'm on a fixed income and can't work anymore and have stacks of medical bills, wm is what i can afford.i don't mean to cry on on your shoulder or have a pitty party but there are millions of people out there just like me wondering how they will afford fabric. Thanks for letting me share my anxiety with you. LOL

    Annette
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    Hi Suz the wm that have close fabric dept. here in Okla city ok. have already stock their fabric dept. with artificial flowers and party supplies. Thank God for one wm with fabric which is 10-15 mins. away and hey have decrease the amount fabric they use to carry, i will get the word out and pass on the phone number'I'm going to write my Legislature and see if they can help, i'm on a fixed income and can't work anymore and have stacks of medical bills, wm is what i can afford.i don't mean to cry on on your shoulder or have a pitty party but there are millions of people out there just like me wondering how they will afford fabric. Thanks for letting me share my anxiety with you. LOL

    Annette


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    Hi:

    From what I've heard, the trend is to make WalMart more like Target and other upscale and trendy stores in order to appeal to more people. I think they forget that some of us don't want that. The large-sized women's department in our store has been cut in half, though the population out here certainly hasn't changed in size. It's been taken over by smaller and more expensive clothing that people in a rural community don't really wear on a regular basis. I can't get the jeans I used to...they've been totally eliminated...but in the juniors department there are more styles than you can shake a stick at.

    They downsized our fabric department, and we were told a few weeks ago by one of the managers working there that when they remodel in a couple years we'll be going to the new format where there are a few prepackaged fabrics in specified lengths and the rest will be "celebration supplies." We live in a rural area and the closest fabric that sells anything that costs less than quilt-shop fabric is almost an hour away. There are lots of little old ladies out here who shouldn't even be driving to WalMart, much less trying to tackle the traffic in St. Peters or St. Louis. Some of them are driving 40 minutes from the next closest store that lost its fabric department to get to ours.

    The decisions are being made by people who are considering the almightly dollar as the bottom line and forgetting that the people who can afford to shop at these stores aren't always in search of upscale and trendy, but rather practical and inexpensive so they can make the most of each hard-earned dollar.

    I've heard from many people out here that Sam Walton would be turning over in his grave if he saw what was happening to the store he started so everyone could get what they needed at a decent price.

    I've signed the petition and written the company and will write them again.

    Trisha in MO

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter
    I would be interested to know, how many communities where these Walmarts are located had small fabric shops before the 800 lb gorilla moved in? How many chose Walmart because it was cheaper?
    I did. I became disabled almost 2 years ago and can no longer afford to pay $8 and up for a yard of fabric. I also can't afford to drive to the city to buy things from JoAnn's or Hancock Fabrics more than a couple times a year...I'm spending too much on medicine and doctor's visits. I can get designer quality fabric at our local WalMart (A.E. Nathan, for one, has several bolts of older flannel available at $3.47 a yard) for much less than what a quilt shop would charge.

    I also do my grocery shopping there because it's what we can afford. Our income was cut down by over half when I had to stop working and we can't eat on what I can budget for our groceries if I shop at the local store that not only doesn't carry half the foods I need (hubby and I are on special diets) but has the things they do carry priced so high we'd run out of food before we ran out of week.

    When I had the funds, I shopped at the LQS. I don't have that option any more. If it wasn't for the 800-pound gorilla, I wouldn't be quilting.

    Trisha in MO

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    The 800lb Gorilla gets our bananas because he wants fewer at one feeding. Period. IF I had a local quilt shop AND it catered to other than those with banana plantations in their back yards, I'd go.

    I'm sick of hearing about our obligation to support quilt shops. That's backward reasoning. THEY SHOULD BE SUPPORTING US!


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