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    This rumor has been going around for a couple of years now. So far nothin'.

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    Our JoAnn moved to a much larger location and is charging a lot more, so I don't go there much. Our Walmarts have put their fabric departments back in, but you're lucky if you can find someone to cut the fabric! I'm beginning to use Hobby Lobby more, because they have nice fabric, they're a bit less than JoAnn and they always have someone to cut the fabric. I really doubt JoAnn will contract with Walmart in this area since they just moved into their own "super store".

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    I have 3 Walmarts to choose from..one only has precuts and the quality of the fabrics in the other two are like night and day..I was told that each store fabric dept manager is responsible for selecting the fabrics...I also go to Joanns, but without the coupons I couldn't afford much of what they carry...I hope to keep it all and seperate!! Also near a Hobby Lobby (very pricey) and Hancocks..I am VERY lucky!

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    I heard this rumor several years ago and asked someone at our local Walmart and they said it wasn't true. I'll have to ask again and see if it is going around again or if it's now true.

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    My town has no Jo Anns and the local Wal Mart doesn't carry fabric. I'm not impress with Jo Ann's fabrics. It's overpriced and some of it is very low quality. In my opinion Wal Mart's that carry fabrics would not be doing anyone any favors by allowing Jo Ann's to increase the prices of Wal Mart fabrics.
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    I work for Wal Mart and was in the fabric department before they took it out. I haven't heard that rumor and I sure hope not. I don't shop at JoAnn's. Their prices have really jumped up in my opinion.

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    It's probably a wild rumor but it wouldn't help me even if it were true as both JoAnns and Wal-Mart in my area are not worth driving to. Poor selection and the employees are just warm bodies. I order on line mostly and shop out of town if we are going in that direction for our work.
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    I think this could happen. Our walmart store has a beauty salon in it. It is not connected with walmart. I have asked the girls and then my daughter in law work there and she said its true. Also our walmart has a hearing aid center and a eye glass center which have there own area and they also are not connected with walmart either. The area is leased. So if walmart lets Joann fabric have their fabric area our prices will probably being going up a lot. I hope this isn't true but it won't surprise me. I don't shop walmart as much any more. There prices are just about as high as everyone else and they move things around in the grocery area to much for me. I want to go in and get what I want and leave. Not search for things.
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    My guess is that these would be put into the WalMart that do not have a JoAnns store in their city. I know I would like to have access as my nearest JoAnns are 80 miles and 120 miles. So do not get there often although I do order online. I think this would benefit the stores that are not close to a brick and mortar JoAnns.

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    WalMart doesn't want anything to do with the restaurant business, banking, optometry, etc......and none of those businesses compete with what WalMart has to sell.....the craft department at WalMart would be in direct competition with anyone selling craft items.[/QUOTE]

    Actually, WalMart has some kind of deal with American Express to get around the fact that they CAN'T get into the banking business for whatever reason. I also noticed during Christmas that the only kind of gift cards they sold were for restaurants, not competing businesses such as Best Buy. I think it would be cool to see a JoAnn's Corner at Walmart, if that's the vision. They already have contracted nail salons, mc'ds, vision, used to have appliances - what's onemore?
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    If it DOES happen, rest assured that within a year the prices would be 9.97 per yard, no coupons, out of stock, and NO ONE to help you.. I hope it is JUST a rumor - but who knows?.....Shoney's closed down here, KFC and LJSilvers gone, cutting back on other stores - Penney's, Sears, Radio Shak, Best Buy, Office Depot, - can't remember the rest - OH! Barnes and Noble.........some stores are closing, the rest?? "another one bites the dust"!

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    Wow, I just learned something! I did a search on Bing using the terms: JoAnn's Fabrics and WalMart. Along with other stuff, this posting on QB came up in the search. Also another reference came up to the question, Did WalMart buy JoAnn's, this was on the site answers.com. I agree it would most likely be an in-store separate operation like the optical center, restaurants, etc. Someone mentioned that their JoAnn's is "going downhill." I think local management is responsible for a lot of the way a store goes. Some stores have great management and some are a mess. Anyway, I think the combination would be good for some areas where fabric is not available. Also, be aware that what you post here goes everywhere on the internet, not just this group of "friends."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose View Post
    You have to remember the important words here....RUMOR.....WalMart will most likely not give up its fabric department to a private contract.....WalMart will examine the profitability of the fabrics, then determine if they can make money selling them.....If no profit is there, then they will discontinue fabrics entirely, like they have in some stores already.....WalMart doesn't want anything to do with the restaurant business, banking, optometry, etc......and none of those businesses compete with what WalMart has to sell.....the craft department at WalMart would be in direct competition with anyone selling craft items.
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    Our Walmart fabric dept here has always been an outside contract. Walmart doesn't own it. Sounds like an interesting story. Might be good news! Sure hope so!!

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    I had to stop at WM late last night on my way home since it was the only place open. Walked through the fabric dept- truly poor quality fabrics at $5 - 7/yard! Loosely woven, heavily starched or sized fabrics that will shrink a lot when washed. I prewash everything, and don't buy fabric at WM. They seriously downsized the fabric dept about 4 years ago and moved it to the back of the store. Thread and binding selections also decreased. Driving 25 miles to a fabric store isn't feasible with the price of gas jumping over 17 cents in just the last week. Cotton prices came down a lot over the past 2 years, but fabric costs continue to rise.

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    that rumor has been going around for years. I think it is just a dream someone had.
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    If you have a Jo-Ann's in your town, so what?? If you don't have a Jo-Ann's but do have a Wal-Mart, YEA! If you don't have either, so what?
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    No it WOULD NOT be a good thing...they already have too much of the market share, they have gobbled up too many other fabric store....thats called a monopoly. I've just recently had to go to walmart to buy Heat and BOnd lite because Joanns no longer carries it..they now carry some cheap plastic type of Pellon as its replacment.

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    Wal Mart got rid of some fabric departments and a class action law suit MADE them put them back, ladies said if they have sporting goods we we want fabric/crafts so they have put some back in. Our new family supercenter has a fabric/craft department and a lot of materal, but no more than old store. But up here in W central FL nearest JoAnn's or any other fabic store is 25 miles south (Spring Hill) or 40+ miles NW in Ocala. We have one fabric store and they sell same material as EM for $1-2 yard more but are great for other kinds of material, but not cheap.

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    Even though our Joann's recently went throught a remodel and address change, it still has ugly fabric. Would love to be a buyer for that store!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    A store employee was talking to a customer and said she the rumor going through the stores was that JoAnns was getting the contract to take over Walmart's fabric and craft dept. She didn't know more about it and it was just being talked about by the store manager. Hmmm, could be a good thing or maybe not.
    I agree, could be a good thing or a bad thing. Dedicated fabric cutters/helpers at Wal-Mart, would be a good thing (if they don't have "attitude" which some employees at my Jo-Ann's seem to have) but if prices go up, which they almost surely will, that's a bad thing. Currently, fat quarters are $1.99 at Jo-Anns; same fat quarters exactly--and I do mean EXACTLY--are .99 at Wal-Mart. It will be interesting to see if outsourcing by Wal-Mart happens.

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    I've heard that RUMOR a number of times the last few years, and that's all it is ... a rumor ! It could happen someday, WM has a number of kiosk businesses already, so who knows ...

    I'm not impressed by JoAnn's fabrics anyway, in our so-called "superstore" here they offer no more than in their regular stores. Can't imagine they would add much to WM ... except higher PRICES for mediocre fabrics !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    I had to stop at WM late last night on my way home since it was the only place open. Walked through the fabric dept- truly poor quality fabrics at $5 - 7/yard! Loosely woven, heavily starched or sized fabrics that will shrink a lot when washed. I prewash everything, and don't buy fabric at WM. They seriously downsized the fabric dept about 4 years ago and moved it to the back of the store. Thread and binding selections also decreased. Driving 25 miles to a fabric store isn't feasible with the price of gas jumping over 17 cents in just the last week. Cotton prices came down a lot over the past 2 years, but fabric costs continue to rise.
    I don't understand this repeated assertion that Wal-Mart has poor fabric. Maybe some Wal-Marts but our stores have always had good fabrics. The oldest store took it's fabric out for awhile but it's back now and the newest store (less than 2 years old) has always had some great fabric, 100% cotton, tightly woven, doesn't shrink excessively.....and it is much cheaper than the VERY SAME fabric at Jo-Ann's. About a year ago I bought some 100% cotton (green background with white dots) for $2.00 yd at Wal-Mart. It cut and sewed up beautifully. I loved it so much I went back and bought more just to have in my stash. Six months later Jo-Ann's had the same fabric at $5.99 yd. Fat quarters bought at Wal-Mart compare in every way to those bought at Jo-Ann's except in price: $.99 at Wal-Mart; $1.99 at Jo-Ann's.

    Having said all that I still shop at Jo-Ann's; it's nearer and I can use coupons. But I don't hesitate to buy fabric at Wal-Mart, either. Some of it is better than fabric available at Jo-Ann's, and most of it is at least equal and much cheaper. We no longer have LQSs nor a Cloth World (do they still exist?) nor a Hancock's so those are not options. We do have Hobby Lobby--not very convenient to me--and of course if we choose to, we can drive 35 miles to Dallas--and get anything we want there. But in the meantime, I love that Wal-Mart has fabric!

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    I'm with Fabaddict, this rumor has been going around for years. Someone probably heard a person say, Joanne's should take over Wal Mart's fabric department.................and you remember the game Gossip? Wal Mart found out when they scrapped the fabric dept., they lost a large base of their customers. So it really was all about the money, in order to draw women back to the store, they had to bring in fabric and crafts again. It's the only reason I went to Wal Mart, then perhaps I'd pick up something on the way out. They have nothing I can't find someplace else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    A store employee was talking to a customer and said she the rumor going through the stores was that JoAnns was getting the contract to take over Walmart's fabric and craft dept. She didn't know more about it and it was just being talked about by the store manager. Hmmm, could be a good thing or maybe not.
    I hope you mean a JoAnn's within a Wal-mart!
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