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Fabric Department
Posted by Seamstress on 07/20/2007
GALESBURG, ILLINOIS -- Yesterday our new Wal-Mart Super center opened in Galesburg, Il. What I suspected was reality. No Fabric Department. I have a sewing business, I did much of my shopping at the old store, now there is no fabric in the new store. Don't know the reasoning for this, but I guess the big executives can't understand why fabric would be an important department to have in their store. Perhaps they have found something different to wear on their bodies. I would like to know what they have found to make their wearing apparel out of, and where it can be purchased. Even though I am a small consumer I spent a fair amount when I shopped at Wal-Mart. My spending at Wal-Mart has ended. Wake up America! Wal-Mart is not the general consumers friend. I urge you to look around and not support them.

They could care less about you. Please respond.
     
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Posted by heaven17 on 2007-07-20:
The title of this 'informative' passage should read 'Walmart Informative', don't you think? I thought you were about to give some info on Jean's Sewing (and I'll venture a guess that 'Jean' is you?).
The only reason I can see for Walmart to discontinue any department is that it's just not turning a profit.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-07-20:
they still have the fabric out here in California.I saw it last week looking for "drape hanger upper thingies"
Posted by Paks on 2007-07-20:
Just a guess here but I would believe that most folks in the modern world don't make their own clothing.
Posted by One-Eyed Willie on 2007-07-20:
Go naked!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-07-20:
Talk to the manager about it.
Posted by CrystalSword on 2007-07-20:
Our Wal-Mart is also dowmsizing the craft dept and disposing of the fabrics eventually....next closest fabric store is 60 miles. I don't make clothes but I do make other things where a bit of fabric would be nice. Looks like I may have to order my beads elsewhere too
Posted by Ponie on 2007-07-21:
(Hope this doesn't post twice.)

Galesburg isn't exactly a one-horse town. Go to a fabric store to make your purchases.

'I would like to know what they have found to make their wearing apparel out of, and where it can be purchased.' Some where in China, I think. Come on--do you really think apparel in Wal*Mart is made by Wal*Mart? Or Martha Stewart sits at a sewing machine in KMart making her junk?

My local Wal*Mart (not a Supercenter) has a fabric department. Wish they'd do away with it. Takes up too much room.

Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2007-07-21:
One-Eyed Willie, you have the right idea. I'm afraid that I would scar the neighborhood children for life around here. It's not fair to expose anyone to my nakedness.
Posted by VeryWiseOldGuy on 2007-08-25:
We have several Super Walmart in our area. They all have fabric sections. However; having a MBA I think I can share something about business. "If it doesn't make profit, DROP IT and sell something that does". Bottom line. Wally World isn't there to be all things to all people. They are there to make money. The bottom line is shop for fabric somewhere else.
Posted by seamstress on 2007-10-02:
My return comment re-guarding my comment about Galesburg, Il Wal-mart new supercenter: NO FABRIC DEPARTMENT: I realize about big business. My further comment, Wal-Mart doesn't care about their customers. I no longer shop at Wal-Mart, as do many others locally. They don't care so why support them. Some has answered buy fabric at another store. Sure easy to say, however our choice Joann's Fabrics. They are a monopoly now so they raised their prices too high. What department will Wal-Mart next do away with, and who is next in line for a monopoly business. The senior shopper is dust to most middle to younger are business people. They too will be in our shoes if they last that long. The average high tech business person today, (JUST DOESN'T CARE) They are out to make for themselves.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-10-02:
Totally agree with seamstress. A lot of people still sew for business and pleasure. Some people want quality clothing that is NOT made in China. Kudos to the seamstresses. Seamstress, thanks for passing on another reason not to shop at Walmart.
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Horrible Service and Rude Customer Service Rep
Posted by Gm417 on 06/08/2012
TAYLOR, PENNSYLVANIA -- Today I went to Wallmart in Taylor, Pa and picked out fabric. There was no one in the entire department so I rang the buzzer at the cutting table which supposedly will bring assistance. I buzzed and waited, then buzzed and waited for almost ten minutes. No response so I picked up the store phone and spoke to someone who said she would page an employee to help me. More waiting and no response. I continued to buzz and spoke to two different employees who walked by. Both said they would get someone to help but no one came.

I finally gave up but was angry to have wasted so much time and decided to go to customer service to complain. I told my story to a woman behind the desk and just as I finished an apparent supervisor walked up to her and ignoring the fact that she was waiting on someone, she began to discuss some store issue. The first woman who whom I was speaking said to the supervisor that I had a complaint about the lack of service in the cutting department. Without even looking at me or acknowledging my complaint she simply said,"we don't have anyone in cutting today" and she then continued her conversation with the other woman.

No apology for the inconvenience or offer to help. She might as well have said, "that's your tough luck!". I was so angry at both the total lack of help and the subsequent rudeness of customer service that I left my full shopping cart in the aisle and walked out of the store. Believe me, I will never shop in this store again! By the way, I then drove to Kmart and except for the fabric, got everything I need plus very courteous service.
     
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Posted by sabletaz on 2012-06-08:
I miss Kmart.
Posted by FoDaddy19 on 2012-06-08:
I thought Walmart had gotten rid of the fabric departments a couple years ago.
Posted by madconsumer on 2012-06-08:
walmart has been bringing back the fabric department in a few select stores as a test.
Posted by Justice74 on 2012-06-09:
If I don't get service in a store in a timely manner, I help myself to the nearest phone and use the intercom system to page for help overhead. I'm always polite and professional sounding, "Customer service assistance needed in XXXX department". Sue me.
Posted by copper_works_ on 2012-06-09:
We have fabric in our store. At one time there was an employee always in that department. Not anymore, I think they are trying to kill it off.
Posted by Comfortably_Numb on 2012-06-09:
a well written letter such as yours should be sent to the walmart ceo.
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Returning Fabric Department
Posted by Madutchess54 on 04/04/2012
HENDERSONVILLE, TENNESSEE -- Well, they brought back fabric department, very disappointing at best,..... why can't they return it to the way it was? They have all kinds of fishing & hunting, lot of "MAN" crap but nothing of volume or quality for women's interest !!!! I mean seriously ??

Now that Wally has cornered the market on retail they have turned to s@#%*t !!! And don't give a tinker`s damn about the consumer !!!!! Joanns, does nothing but gouge the customer,because they are about the only game in town !!!!!! It just makes me ILL !!!!!
     
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Posted by BigAl on 2012-04-04:
It could take some time for Walmart to determine what is the best items to carry and in what quanities. You can believe this--they want to carry what sells for a profit.
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Fabric
Posted by Lljune47 on 09/21/2011
We used 2 have a fabric dept. and when the super center was built, they didn't have it any more. A circular came out, saying it was back. Friend went to see, and no fabric. Someone asked the manager if it was coming, and he said no, ha ha. What kind of manager is that? I live in Columbia, TN. why can't we get it? They have lost lots of money because of it. So I can go somewhere and spend my money.

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Fabric
Posted by Flygirl10 on 08/26/2011
When we moved to our home in Spring Texas, a Wal-mart was built just out my back door. I love going there as your FABRIC DEPARTMENT and sewing accessories were wonderful, as were your priced. You always had wonderful fabric. You moved to Sawdust road and built the new fancy Wal Mart which I do love. But there is room in that store for a fabric Department. You just don't know how many people miss this and your prices. Hobby Lobby is so expensive. I make Christmas Tree Skirts, and in order to get fabric I have to go to Hobby Lobby, along with the accessories. It is costing me at least 25$ mor per skirt to make. There are still people that love to sew. What is so funny your sell Sewing Machines but not accessories for it. I truly think you made a bad move when you felt you needed to cater to the upper class especially in my area. PLEASE BRING BACK THE FABRIC DEPT. I knew every employee that worked there. Thank you Mts. Moore Spring Texas. Just a retiree who loves to sew
     
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Posted by CrystalSword on 2011-08-27:
Walmart is in the process of bringing fabric back to many of its stores, talk to the manager and see how soon it will be back in your store!
Posted by Nohandle on 2011-08-28:
Unfortunately I don't sew but learned on a local website the Fabric Department was being returned to the two local Walmart Superstores. From what I understood it was because of the complaints and threats that those customers would not return for all those other purchases they made while shopping for fabric.
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Disappointing News
Posted by MissSewItAll on 05/10/2011
HOMOSASSA AND INVERNESS, FLORIDA -- I learned from the attendant at the fabric counter that Walmart will no longer sell fabric soon. This is a major disappointment because no one else in our county or city sells fabric. I will be forced to drive almost fifty miles for fabrics! I cannot say how very disappointed I am. I am also writing all of the fabric houses I can find and giving this information. Perhaps someone will hear our plea.
     
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Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-10:
Many people are disappointed about the fabric department, but I guess there aren't enough for Walmart to change its mind. The fabric department in my Walmart was always deserted. I'm not sure if it was due to lack of interest, lack of help, or a combination of both. They also downsized the crafts department. As a result of these changes, the electronics department is twice the size. I guess that's where the money is.

There are communities where people depend heavily on fabric suppliers. Walmart should recognize those communities and do what it takes to keep the fabric department open. It is, however, a good opportunity for fabric stores to set up shop in communities where there is a demand and where Walmart is out of the picture.
Posted by yoke on 2011-05-10:
Walmart does not care about what the customers want.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-10:
They don't care unless there's money in it. That's why the electronics department doubled in size.
Posted by momsey on 2011-05-10:
I don't shop at WalMart, but apparently fabric is not a good seller anywhere. I live in northern NJ and I have to drive FAR to buy fabric. I suppose people just don't sew as much as they used to.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-10:
That's a nice proactive approach. I applaud your efforts.

Now the walmart haters will have you believe this is an evil action by the evil uncaring walmart corporation but the truth is it's just a numbers game. Walmart can make more money utilizing the space differently so that's what they're going to do. We as individuals would do the same just as would any other store. The business of business is making money.

If there is enough demand in your area for a fabric store or fabric department then there will be one. If not then there won't be. That's just the free market at work.

Good review!
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-10:
Momsey, I don't think fabric was a big seller at Walmart here either because there are fabric stores in the area. But I've read many complaints from people who desperately want and need fabric and are really devastated that Walmart eliminated that department. I think there is a demand in certain communities but it isn't money making enough for Walmart to accommodate those customers. For a company that prides itself in community involvement, maybe they should prove it by listening to their customers' cry for help.
Posted by clutzycook on 2011-05-10:
OP, you may not be able to buy fabric nearby, you can always find it online.
Posted by yoke on 2011-05-10:
I know in my area we had several small fabric stores that were there for years until Walmart came to town. Walmart was able to sell for cheaper and the stores closed. Now walmart no longer sells fabric and now people who sew need to go about 30 miles to the nearest JoAnns fabrics.
Posted by ejack053824 on 2011-05-10:
I suggest finding another hobby. Go volunteer at the church or something.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-10:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=ie7&q=onlinefabricstores&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7ACAW_enUS378US378

Don't forget to stock up on fabrics and patterns when you are in an area that has the specialty stores. Got a friend in Cali who ships up a big box to me every year.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-10:
I like the OP'as nic
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-10:
That IS a great name. I didn't notice it before.

It's not always a hobby, ejack. Some people make their own clothes, clothes for the kids, curtains, etc. to save money. If they have to travel far away to get fabric, it defeats the purpose.
Posted by Nohandle on 2011-05-10:
Fabrics? Excuse my French but who the daylights wants to buy fabrics online? If I was into that or crafts I'd like to look at the product first. When Mom and Pop finally close shop some might realize what was a fair family business ceased to exist because they were priced out and couldn’t complete. Fine, drive 50 miles because Walmart decided it wasn’t a big seller in the scheme of things.

It's all about profit and I honestly have no problem with that. Every company needs a profit in order to survive. I suppose it depends on the amount of profit required. You might best support your small local companies because they might be gone before long. Chew on that one for a while.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-10:
"I suppose it depends on the amount of profit required."

That's the key. When need turns into greed.

I, too, thought buying fabric online was weird. But after giving it more thought, I realized that it probably isn't much different from buying clothes online. If there's a good description of the fabric, an informed decision can probably be made.
Posted by clutzycook on 2011-05-10:
Nh, I never said it was the ideal; but in light of $4/gal gas, no nearby craft stores and Walmart not giving two hoots about Handy Hannah, it's a viable option. I know of a lot of people who find quality fabrics online. You can even find it on ebay sometimes.
Posted by Nohandle on 2011-05-10:
I in no manner was criticizing you Clutzy. It's just when there is no other option because the competition has been run out of town that's what many are facing now. If someone never had a specialty store then they won't realize what they are missing.
Posted by clutzycook on 2011-05-10:
That would be my hometown :). The only retail outfit is the adult bookstore parked outside of town, LOL.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-05-10:
Now that's ridiculous! They should locate adult bookstores centrally so older folk can
"get there" faster.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-05-10:
I was happy to see our Walmart still had their fabric department when I read about a year ago that others were closing their's. Then when I went there last week, I was sadden to see they were clearing that area out as well.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-05-11:
It's the greed of the consumer that these things happen. People want to save a few pennies shopping at this evil monster that destroys local mom and pop shop. When the competition is gone they raise prices. Most times they work in colusion with other monsters and price off each other to appear you're saving money. If they stop carrying a product, it's just to bad for you. You'll now be paying back ten to hundreds of times whatever you once saved by shopping at Walmart.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-05-11:
throwback +10. ya can't blame it on the retailers.
On another note, next time you go to the grocery, look at where the item is from. Do your best to purchase produced or made in U.S.A. items only. You will be surprised.
When able, if we all did that with our purchases, the trade deficit would decrease dramatically.
Posted by ChuhBaca on 2011-05-11:
Sadly, it does have to be about profit. If they're losing money on it, they're going to get rid of it. Any one of us in that position would do the same.

This may be inconvenient, but it could be good news. Someone (maybe you) will recognize the need and open up their own store. It might need to be a clever business model in order to survive, because I can't see fabric sales alone being profitable (but what do I know about this?). This may be a win for small business.
Posted by Izzy on 2011-05-20:
Wal Mart has taken a Gestapo like approach. They run other stores out of business then remove the depts. that people needed ie: fabric dept. The reasoning behind removing the fabric depts. is ludicrous. They really believe people are stupid enough to believe their idiot reasoning. I now try to buy goods ANY place else, but Wal Mart. Their stores are nothing more than Chinese made junk stores now. I can buy American Made online cheaper than the trash in Wal Mart. I've also found fabrics on eBay cheaper (including shiping) than Wal Mart ever was. There are ways to beat Wal Mart's "screw the customers" attitude.
Posted by Julieb615 on 2011-05-22:
The reason the fabric departments did so little business in my area was that there was rarely anyone working in the department. I have several times cut my own fabric, then went to the check out with the bolts still in my cart and had them page someone from fabric to price it. I waited near the register while they took my cart to the back, priced my piece goods I had cut, then brought them, cart and all, back to me to check out.

On one visit, I called the main store number twice asking for help in that department and had them hang up on me the second time. I then called the pharmacy and asked them to page help for me. I was in the process of cutting my own material when the help finally arrived - a guy who did not know how to use the pricing machine. We had to wait for the other clerk he called to come do it. By the time she got there, there were 4 of us waiting, but at least mine was already cut.

There was recently an interview with a Wal-Mart executive during which he admitted they had dropped the ball and removed way too many products and they had admittedly and mistakenly gotten away from the "one stop shopping" they had originally started with. He said they would be adding products back to their stores. I hope fabric is one of those.
Posted by Nohandle on 2011-05-22:
I don't sew Julie but you've offered a pretty plausible reason many might have gone to other stores, when they were still available, while Walmart stated the fabric/craft department was not profitable. Anyone can go grab a card of buttons or spool of thread but an employee needs to be available to measure and cut the fabric. This is one example of when Walmart didn't do the research before running Mom and Pop out of town.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-22:
Julie, there were never any employees in the fabric department at my Walmart, but I never really saw many customers there either. I'm not sure which came first, lack of staff or lack of customers. My guess is lack of staff.
Posted by Romper on 2011-05-31:
Each WM store has its' inventory controlled by the home office in Bentonville, Ak and by the warehouse that supplies the store. If any product or service in a store fails to make enough $ for the company, it will be discontinued with the individual store having no control! Guess U'll have to drive and may I suggest U buy more fabric than normal so U don't have to do the drive so often! Romper has spoken!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-10:
http://www.madblast.com/funny/12055_mom-pop-vs-walmart.html
Posted by hard_working_cashier on 2011-08-14:
You will be happy to know walmart is bring back the fabrics. : D They are bringing back quite a bit that the walmart customers wanted to make people happier.
Posted by Nohandle on 2011-08-14:
There was notice on a local website that both Super Centers in this area had brought back the fabric department. You've never heard such joy from the responders. There are a lot of individuals out there who not only sew for pleasure or do crafts but many sew out of necessity for themselves and their families. Let's face it. Walmart's ran Mom and Pop out of town so by golly leave that department alone and have someone in place knowledgeable on the products. The former employees of Mom and Pop would certainly be available since they don't have a job anymore.
Posted by Amber on 2012-09-16:
I am 23 years old and recently had a baby. I'm learning new hobbies now (because all I used to do was party) and I fell in love with crafts that consist of fabric usage. I just moved to beverly hills Florida where there is NOTHING and I was counting on Walmart to have fabric! I moved from Tampa where there is Joann's fabric stores everywhere and now I'm going to have to drive for an hour to find fabric! Very disappointed! Maybe I will open a shop up though. Get it together Walmart. We support u, now support us. This world is so money hungry and comvient these days that it saddens me! Save a dollar and make your own blanket, Halloween costume or headband! Jeez people!
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No more sewing
Posted by Mjj on 08/30/2010
SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON -- I used to go to Wal-mart fabric department just to browse and find great deals, especially on the discounted fabrics and the patterns. Sewing now seems to be just another expensive hobby, not a way to save money as it used to be. Wal-mart was the only place I could still shop for fabric and patterns and save money by making some of my clothing. Well, with the fabric department gone, now, I guess I'll just have to rely on garage sales, thrift stores. Sad... I really do like to sew, but can't afford to spend big bucks on it. BRING BACK THE FABRIC DEPT. AT WAL-MART!
     
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Posted by goduke on 2010-08-30:
The myth is that walmart wants to help you save money. The truth is that walmart wants you to give them all of your money. If the sewing section wasn't causing folks to give them enough of their money, Walmart is going to jetison it and fill the space with low-grade furniture for people to put in their house. It's all about the stock price.
Posted by Skye on 2010-08-30:
Very true goduke. I haven't been to a Walmart in years. Not worth it to me.

OP, I googled your area for discount fabric stores, and there seem to be quite a few in your area. Hopefully you'll find a nice mom and pop fabric store that will appreciate your business, and be budget friendly for all your fabric needs.
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Loss of Fabric Department in Wal-Mart stores
Posted by doozy on 08/24/2010
I was saddened when the Wal Mart in Forsyth, Ga. discontinued their fabric department. They continue to have sewing machines, but no fabric. Now the nearest place I can purchase fabric is 35 miles from my home.

Wal-Mart, would you reconsider and have fabric and notions in your stores?
     
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Posted by Weedwhacked on 2010-08-24:
They know how to make money. If its not profitable its gets discontinued.
Posted by goduke on 2010-08-24:
The very sad, very cynical truth, doozy, is that Walmart really doesn't care if you have to drive 35 miles to get fabric. They care about whether or not that store makes a certain amount of money per square foot and if fabric gets in the way of the goal, well, it's gone.

You may want to periodically get a group of your sewing friends together and make a day of the fabric shopping. Grab breakfast before, and go see a movie after. It could be fun.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
Awesome advice goduke!
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Fabric Department Demise
Posted by BROWN SUGAR on 07/26/2010
Walmart eliminating their Fabric Dept
Walmart eliminating their Fabric Dept
I live in a remote part of St Louis, month And the nearest fabric store is about 25 miles one way from me. Other than ordering online, where you really cannot see or feel the quality of fabrics, (and you take a huge risk by ordering online) Walmart fabric department is my quickest and best solution for my quilting/sewing needs. The part of the state I live in has numerous quilt guilds and therefore everyone I know goes to select Walmart stores for their fabrics and notions. Instead of eliminating every fabric department, why not keep some superstores as our hometown stores and maintain the fabric department. I would be willing to drive to other Walmart locations first, as I have in the past. When I made my granddaughters barbie doll pink bedroom set, quilt, curtains, shams, dust ruffle, canopy, valances, tie backs, throw pillows, pillow cases, sheets, for her 7th Christmas, I drove to every Walmart from south county to desoto, month For fabrics to complete this project. As I have done numerous times. And I will sorely miss the Walmart fabric department. I truly feel that Walmart is losing a crucial community by eliminating their fabric departments. Sewers/quilters whome have to go elsewhere for fabrics will also go elsewhere for notions, crafts, clothing, etc. Wake up Walmart execs. Step out of that ivory tower you seem to be shackled to, and see the real world.

I love to buy fabric and make quilts, and I love Walmart fabric departments. Ours is one of the last surviving in the area, and I will surely miss it. Please, please, please, I am on my knees, pleading with you not to eliminate every fabric department when the stores are converted to superstores. Please consider us quilters also in your remodels. Fabrics is a hot commodity in our community. Please help us keep our love alive.

Thank you,
brenda sutter
     
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Posted by momsey on 2010-07-26:
I'm sure it was a simple business decision. Wal Mart wouldn't have gotten rid of a department that was very profitable, so I'm guessing it wasn't worth it to them to have a fabric department.

It's hard to find fabric anywhere. I live in North Jersey, and there are no fabric stores close to me. I would either have to go to NYC or at least a half hour away in NJ to get fabric.
Posted by MRM on 2010-07-26:
A Walmart in my local area still has fabric dept.
Posted by BEJ on 2010-07-26:
The fabric department in my area has been gone for years. I miss it. Just as a side note--very hard to read reviews that are in all capitals.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-26:
That is so beautiful!.. butterflies are my favorite.

My local Walmart had a nice fabric department, but there was never anyone working in it so customers were never really able to buy anything. Needless to say, it's now gone. I think you made a great point in that Walmart should have some stores with a fabric department, especially in communities where it's a "hot commodity" as you so nicely put it. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening, but your frustration and disappointment are coming through loud and clear. Maybe if you start a letter writing campaign within the quilters guilds, Walmart will reconsider. It sounds like a fabric department could actually be profitable in your area.
Posted by MDSasquatch on 2010-07-26:
I tried to surprise my wife by buying her some fabric at Walmart one time. I grabbed a roll of the stuff and was shocked at how cheap it was ($5).

When I got to the checkout, things didn't workout so well. Seems as if the roll wasn't $5 and that I would have to have it cut and measured. I was a little bit embarrassed, but the cashier just laughed.

The department is now full of auto supplies and cleaning goods.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-26:
Yeah, we were pretty disappointed with the closing of the fabric center. Culturally, it is a huge deal in our area. Native Americans use fabric like it's going out of style. In addition, during a majority of their ceremonies, it is customary to give the hosting person shawls, baskets, and oddly enough, fabric and material. My mother-in-law for instance, has shelves full of material and fabric from Wal-mart that was given to her in this fashion. Sad to see it close:(
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-26:
Perhaps it would be an interesting PR move if communities like the one the OP is in approached Walmart about setting up some kind of co-op arrangement. Walmart could use its clout to help groups buy fabric at deep discounts, while those groups setup their own shop for their own people to purchase the product

Maybe you don't even need Walmart to do that, but I'm sure they wouldn't mind at least hearing a proper proposal, especially one where they can demonstrate how they met both the needs of the community and the needs of their shareholders.
Posted by rockfishing on 2010-07-26:
I wonder if the old local fabric/craft store was put out of business by Walmart.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-26:
I was thinking along those lines too, Linus. The OP's community definitely needs a fabric store. J4A, sounds like yours does too. I'm not even sure if the fabric store in my town is still in business. Not because Walmart made it close, I just don't think there's enough need.
Posted by Starlord on 2010-07-27:
In Pinal County, AZ, we had two WalMarts close to us, one in Coolidge and one in Casa Grande. There are a lot of crafters and seamstresses, and yes, a lot of Native Americans in our area. Now they have to drive to Chandler, some 40 miles away to a JoAnn's which have prices high as a giraffe's eyeball. This just ain't right. Prior to WalMart, there was one shop in Casa Grande that closed prior to WalMart's opening there, due to the owner passing away.
Posted by hard_working_cashier on 2011-08-14:
Well you will be glad to hear walmart is bringing back fabrics. The cut down quite a few things in all the different stores because of the recession. They stopped selling a bunch of different products that were not as popular as others. Now that things are a bit better off they are bringing a lot of it back. Including fabrics.
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No Fabric????
Posted by Magbtrfly on 06/13/2010
ARIZONA -- I went into Wal-Mart yesterday to purchase more of the same fabric I had previously purchased for a quilt I was making only to find that Wal-Mart has removed all fabric from their stores. What is up with this!!! I asked an associate about the fact they had no fabric and was told that eventually they would carry some pre-cut fabric! Who wants pre-cut fabric? Not everything I sew is only one or two yards. I think this is one of the worst decisions Wal-Mart has made of late and the fabric was one of the only things I still shopped for at Wal-Mart. Wal-mart has lost my business as well as many others that I know. What happened to being reliable and having anything that I needed right there? the closest place to get affordable fabric now is over an hour away!!!!
     
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Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2010-06-13:
Wal-Mart has been removing fabric from underperforming stores for the past couple of years. Those departments took up a lot of floor space and didn't generate enough revenue to make it worth their while.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-13:
Hugh + 10
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-06-13:
i have two relatives who are managers at walmart, and they both said the fabric section was always not making enough to cover itself. they kept it as long as they did due to it was considered a teaser. people come in for fabrics, and leave with a cart full of other things.

i too was very disapointed when they removed the fabrics, good price nice selection.
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-06-13:
yeah it's hard to find fabric. even the arts & crafts stores are cutting back on it.

only chain i've seen that carries it still is Joanne's
Posted by Weedwhacked on 2010-06-13:
If it doesn't make a profit, its gets cut from their inventory. Its that simple.
Posted by i_am_canadian on 2010-06-13:
The Owen Sound WalMart also eliminated fabrics in favour of an expanded grocery section. The problem with that being there is virtually no other fabric stores in or around the city.
Posted by magbtrfly on 2010-06-18:
Well I bought other things because I bought fabric but now that they have no fabric no reason to shop there anymore. I prefer to give my business to local businesses and not chains and that includes restaurants and grocery stores.
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