Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 36

Thread: What's up with Hancock's??

  1. #1
    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    1,624
    All,

    It was in the paper here within the last 2 weeks or so that Hancock's was closing. I didn't read the article, heard about it at the fabric part of Walmart. I figured it was our local Hancock's. So people talked about the remodeling they just did and what a shame it was. I was at a quilt shoppe yesterday and the clerk and I were talking about it. She said according to the article it was Hancock's, Inc. and that ALL stores nationwide are closing. Have any of you heard about this??

    Melissa

  2. #2
    Moderator kathy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    on the Texas Coast
    Posts
    4,050
    I sure hope you're wrong!!!! Not long ago a clerk in mine said it looked like they would be the only game in town since WM and Hobby Lobby were closing. I'm 70 miles from a quilt shop.

  3. #3
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    7,346
    Blog Entries
    3
    I just let off some steam. A google on the topic led me to a forum post by a quilt shop owner who says it's a shame more of us don't support our local quilt shops!!!!!

    The [insert a long stream of really nasty words] NERVE!!!!

    Since when did the customer have an obligation to the business? THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is the real reason for fabric prices. Snobbery. I'm no bleeding heart liberal, but such arrogance among the "haves" and contempt for the "have nots" really fries my bacon.

    Here's a thought for the elitests: how about they charge a fair price so the rest of us can afford to flock to their shops like pilgrims to Mecca?

  4. #4
    Super Member vicki reno's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    2,311
    I agree. Most of my stash was given to me by lovely people who knew I'd give it a good home and that I made lots of baby quilts for charity. I can't afford to just shop at the high dollar fabric stores. That's not to say I buy junk, but anyone shooping carefully can get good fabric at Joannes and Wal Mart for less than say the "bernina" store in Raleigh that charges 8 or 9 dollars or more for fabric. Just the fine fuse that I use in applique is the equivilent of $8.00 a yd. If I use it, and that is because I don't enjoy needle turn applique, then there won't be a lot of expensive fabric in the quilt. I haven't won the lottery yet!
    Even the mail order places charge quite a bit and then there is the ever rising cost of postage besides!

  5. #5
    Senior Member triciasquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Butte, MT
    Posts
    478
    Hancocks had filed bankruptcy and downsized to get a handle on things from what I've been told. Not all Hancock stores are closing that I'm aware of. I might be wrong, but thats what I've heard thru the grapevine.

  6. #6
    ready2quilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    54
    One across the river closed, but the one closest to me is open still. They are remodeling.

    I have a JoAnn's locally, Wal-Mart and two local quilt shops within 10 miles.

    The prices at the local quilt shops are comparable to online sites that I've seen so far. Not to say there aren't any deals to be had. Quilting is an expensive hobby no matter what way you cut it, but it's worth the price of addiction. :)

  7. #7
    Super Member Moonpi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Central FL
    Posts
    4,851
    The Hancock store near me had a lot of cars in the parking lot today, but I had errands to run, and didn't stop in. They are usually busier than the Joanne store 12 miles away. I buy fabric wherever I find it. Yard sales, fabric shops, occassionally at the pricey quilt stores. Even the ugliest patterns can usually be transformed with a box of dye.

  8. #8
    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    1,624
    The Hancock's here just finished a remodeling...but it sounds like they will be closed soon anyway. Found another person today who read the article and they said that Hancock's Inc. can't file the chapter that they wanted to in the first place and all shops will close anywhere from 3-6 months fromnow...we'll see.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Oklahoma city Okla
    Posts
    145

    Hi Melissa i'm not sure how many Hancock stores are closing the 2 in my area are closing, there is one that will remain open which is about 15minutes from where i live. I live in Okla. city Okla. one of manager at walmart told me if they had known that Hancock was closing most of their stores in different areas all over the U.S they would have kept the Fabric Dept.I also heard on the news that Walmart sales was down, since they hired 2 managers from Target stores.
    LOL
    Annette

  10. #10
    Norah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    659
    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    Here's a thought for the elitests: how about they charge a fair price so the rest of us can afford to flock to their shops like pilgrims to Mecca?
    Amen to that. And some quilt guilds are just as bad. Same clientelle. They have lots of money, so everyone should. One I belonged to cost $30 - $40 every meeting to be able to participate in their selected classes. Then you have to buy the stuff to do it with.

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Here not there
    Posts
    1,447
    Blog Entries
    2
    Handcocks is closing nation wide.

    DD

  12. #12
    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    1,624
    I know Walmart released that their sales were down 2% nationally. While I have friends who like the idea of calling Walmart and rubbing it in their face that they have forgotten their original customer base, I consider something else. I went to a Walmart that still had fabric the other day and asked how much longer it would go on. She says....indefinately. They are still receiving around 1,000 bolts per WEEK and they are the biggest money making department outside groceries. Perhaps Walmart knew this when they started...gave us a heart attack about gettting rid of all their fabric,then keeping it in some stores to see what happens. Hmmmm.....

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Oh.
    Posts
    798
    Here is the link to their news release on March 21. That was about the time talk began to filter to us that they were closing stores. Is there anything newer?

    http://www.globest.com/news/867_867/gsrsouthwest/159049-1.html

    I wonder if your stores are among the 104 being closed?

    June

  14. #14
    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,722
    I got to thinking. Hancock's is supposedly closing nationwide, Wal-Mart is claiming to get rid of their fabric section in the near future, and some of you mentioned about places like Joannes or Hobby Lobby closing in your area. Which makes me wonder, if this "closing of the fabric places" trend continues...Where the *bleep!* are we gonna buy fabric?!

  15. #15
    ready2quilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    54
    ALL the stores are closing????? Oh no!!!!! I really like the fabric they carry, the discounts on the prices and the sales!

    Walmart fabric selection is has gotten so slim. The quality isn't what it used to be either. However, I do like to get their $1 and $2 a yard fabric to practice different things with.

    I do have a Ben Franklin Craft store about 30 miles away. It's the closest and a friend told me about some other fabric store across the river that's pretty cool, but I have yet to go. Don't even know the name of it actually.

    Guess anytime you go on any kind of a trip, shop hop your way to your destination as much as possible. I did that when I was in the Suffolk, VA area. One shop sold scrap squares, various sizes. Wish I could find something like that again!

  16. #16
    Super Member azdesertrat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    tucson Az
    Posts
    1,124
    ok
    I just went and talked to the manager of my local Hancocks to get the scoop and he said that all the hancocks that were going to be closed should have already done so.they are NOT closing all of them.He did go on to say that the sewing industry is a dying industry(Iassume this means clothing) and that even the vendors are having a hard time.that is why most of the walmarts are doing away with their fabric,it is too labor intensive having tohave some one available all the time to measure and cut fabric.they want customers to pick it up and take it already cut and go to the registers,But to say again they are not closing all the Hancock Fabric Stores :D

  17. #17
    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    1,624
    Thank goodness!! Let's hope he's right and not misinformed!!

    The store manager of the Walmart here denied that they were losing fabric up until one week before it was gone!!!

  18. #18

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Oklahoma city Okla
    Posts
    145

    Hi June as far as i know there is 2 stores( Hancock) that's close to where i live in Okla. city Okla. and edmond okla. which is about 10 mins. drive.
    Annette

  19. #19
    Senior Member cassiemae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Billings Mt
    Posts
    651
    [b] Hi:

    I had heard a while ago that Hancocks were closing some of their stores so I sent them an e-mail and asked if the one where I live would be closed and they responded back to me NO. So maybe not all of them will be closed. Keep your fingers crossed.

    ef 8)

  20. #20
    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    1,624
    MIL called me this am. She has a friend that works at the one close to here. She said that her store is not closing as it is independantly owned. So it sounds like only the corporate ones closed.

  21. #21
    Super Member ceannastahr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Mt. Morris NY
    Posts
    1,150
    I don't know what I'm going to do with all these shops closing. The closest quilt shop to me is quite a disance and quite expensive. Cant't afford the gas or the price on my small fixed income. Barley holding on now

  22. #22
    Sewbug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Central AR
    Posts
    8
    The local Hancock's here closed down. I'll miss that store more so for the great quilting book selection they had. The closest quilt shop is about an hour away, which isn't too bad when I need material for a new quilt but bad when I only need a spool of thread. The WalMart here will keep the sewing dept for three more years. I buy Warm and Natural batting there and maybe a few basic notions but that's about all for quilting. I've found that online shops have sales on quality items that beats WalMart or JoAnn's regular prices. I love buying fat quarter packs. And I do order a lot from fabrics.

    With Hancock's closing in most small towns, I think it makes an opportunity for a fabric shop to be opened in it's place, catering to fabric buyers and not all the home dec or craft stuff.

  23. #23
    Super Member Moonpi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Central FL
    Posts
    4,851
    Ours here in central Florida is staying open, but stores on both coasts are closing. Seems like every time I enter that store, I spend more than I budget for. They do seem to have a higher quality fabric than our local WMs.

    They also have started a discount card program, so I signed up for that.

  24. #24
    Super Member 3incollege's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    western Pa.
    Posts
    2,258
    We have a lot of quilters in western Pa. and that didn't stop our Walmart from closing the fabric section, and Hancocks never exsisted here.
    We have 15 quilt shops in pittsburgh area and new ones opening.
    This weekend is the shop hop and with gas prices they thought it would be a flop. However they sold over 600 passes(they cost $6). Personally I will not be doing the shop hop this year. it is just to costly to go to all the shops. Donna

  25. #25

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Maryland, USA
    Posts
    19
    Quote Originally Posted by ceannastahr
    I don't know what I'm going to do with all these shops closing. The closest quilt shop to me is quite a disance and quite expensive. Cant't afford the gas or the price on my small fixed income. Barley holding on now
    There's always mail order? I got some nice, affordable fabric on sale at http://www.christaquilts.com/, and she offered a new customer discount, then sent another discount coupon with the order. Really nice lady.

    Also, maybe eBay's worth trying? I find some good deals there. You don't have to auction if you don't want to. Lots of listings have "Buy it Now", which is as easy as buying from a regular store since there's no bidding.
    Fabric at eBay

    Hope this helps a bit,
    Crystal

    ---
    [---------------------------------------------------------------------]
    2007 FABRIC POSTCARD CONTEST
    http://www.artcardideas.com/
    Multiple entries accepted, deadline August 1
    Prizes for the top 10 cards. Spread the word!
    [---------------------------------------------------------------------]

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.