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Loss of Fabric Department in Wal-Mart stores
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FORSYTH, GEORGIA -- 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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Weedwhacked on 2010-08-24:
They know how to make money. If its not profitable its gets discontinued.
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.
Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
Awesome advice goduke!
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Fabric
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Please keep the fabric at your stors. I have been buying fabric there for a long time. I got the fabric for my daughters wedding dress there and it was very nice and did not brake the bank.



Thank you
     
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warddw1526 on 2009-11-06:
The phasing out of the fabric departments has been happening for a while. It must be a low profit area of the store, or they would not be getting rid of it.
Anonymous on 2009-11-06:
If the fabric department does get phased out, if you have a JoAnn Fabrics, they always have great deals on fabrics and coupons to boot.
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We Need Fabric
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RENO, NEVADA -- We who live in Reno Nevada are very upset about Walmart not selling fabric any more, here where we live there are not many if any true discount fabric stores which means those of us who are low income are now without an affordable means in which to create the gifts and crafts we envision from time to time.

If some of the many Wal-mart stores located around the country sell guns and ammo and clearly find a place for that, why can't we have FABRIC?
     
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Skye on 2009-06-01:
You have an excellent point. No fabric but plenty of guns and knives.

Do you have more than one Walmart you could shop at, to see if they still have a fabric department??
Anonymous on 2009-06-02:
Apparently guns, ammo and knives are better sellers than fabric.
jktshff1 on 2009-06-02:
Robf, took the words right out of my mouth
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Removing Long Time Items From Store That You Are Use To Going There And Purchasing
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CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA -- Very disappointed that since you remodel your old stores you take out the fabric department, bad choice, a faithful purchaser, and your fabric was at a great price and now it is pathetic you took it out, and very it is time consuming that I don't have time to do is drive around and look for old stores that haven't remodeled yet to find the patterns I need.

I believe you should talk to the purchasers of the departments and put it back a lot of unhappy crafters!!!!
     
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Hugh_Jorgen on 2009-01-22:
From what I have read, if your particular WalMart's fabric department was making money it stays for now. If they can make more money using that floor space for other things they will take it out.

Seems like people didn't appreciate and use a lot of the fabric departments until they were gone.


Anonymous on 2009-01-22:
I know it isn't the answer that you would like to hear, but if they were making any money on that department, it'd still be there. Retail space is very expensive, and you can rest assured that any merchant is going to try to fill it with something that generates revenues.
Anonymous on 2009-01-22:
If the fabric department was profitable and WalMart removed theirs, this now presents a wonderful opportunity for a locally owned business to fill a gap. Wally-World haters will rejoice!
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Keep Fabric At Wal-Mart
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MONESSEN, PENNSYLVANIA -- I want Wal-Mart to know that we the quilters of the world want them to keep the fabric department. They have great fabric and great prices .. and it has to be a good thing .. a woman goes in to buy fabric and says oh I need this and that and by the time she has left Wal-Mart she has gotten her fabric and all the other things .. if she had not gone in for fabric who goes to say that she would go to JoAnn's to get fabric and then on home .. no other stops .. she would not have gone in to Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart would not have gotten that sale without the fabric being there .. I for one have done it and if you ask many many other women have done it.

PLEASE KEEP FABRIC IN WAL_MART ..

You want to keep women happy women happy, make happy Wal-Mart buyers ..

Thanks .. marie
     
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CrystalSword on 2007-10-06:
I know they are planning on doing away with fabric at the Wal*Mart stores local to me and we have no other fabric stores within 60 miles of us...guess its time to sell the sewing machine! (just kidding....would never sell it but that's what will happen in a lot of households if we don't keep our fabric at Wal*Mart!)
MRM on 2007-10-06:
Power to the quilters!
Anonymous on 2007-10-06:
Dear Wal-Mart,

PLEASE KEEP FABRIC IN WAL_MART so all the women will be happy and I can watch NASCAR in peace.

Thank You,

Billy Bob bother of JuneBug
Principissa on 2007-10-06:
I am in the same predicament as Crystal. I have to drive 55 miles to go to Joann fabrics to get everything I need for my sewing and crafting projects. Wal*Mart ran all the mom and pop stores out of business down here so if I need a replacement needle or I run out of bias tape I would run to Wal*Mart and get it. They did away with the fabric department so now all of my business goes to Joann twice a month. I buy things in bulk so even if I don't need them I have them.
jitters on 2007-10-06:
wish there was something we could due to keep the fabric in Wal-Mart ..
any suggestions !
jktshff1 on 2007-10-06:
Not many quilters of the world left.
Wally world can't make money from fabric anymore.
Justusryan on 2007-10-06:
It seems odd, because fabrics is the highest margin category on the general merchandise side of the store.
Donna2007 on 2007-10-06:
I agree 100%. Not everyone lives close enough to just run out and get craft supplies or materials.
I sew a good bit and do crafts of other kinds also.
It looks like Walmart is doing away with all the materials and crafts now in all the stores. I live around 4 within a 50 mile range and they are all slimming down on these things. Just tells me if I want these products I need to travel to get them and while I do I may as well find a newer grocery store close to that and a Walgreens that are very nice nice for all my other things needed and then what will I need Walmart for?
CrystalSword on 2007-10-08:
While they don't have fabric, we are getting a new Michael's soon, at least I will have a place to get craft supplies without driving to Chandler or Phoenix! Michael's is high priced but at least they have a few things I can buy in bulk.
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Walmart to stop selling FABRIC in many stores
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FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON -- Walmart is closing their fabric sales area in most stores. They will not sell FABRIC or sewing supplies anymore.

FABRIC - and fabric alone is what brings many of us who sew into Walmart. While waiting for prescriptions to be filled, we spend the time looking for fabric. Fabric may not be Walmart's biggest "money maker" but it's the fabric that actually brings us into the store in the first place. We then buy prescriptions & other items. Sewers & Quilters: Please write to Walmart & express your disappointment.
     
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Frenchie on 2007-01-29:
I would write and express one's disgust with WM over this,
for they are alienating a lot of women. I know a lot about this action and hate to say it, but I am positive WM will not change the policy. A RUMOR is that they might start another company with fabrics -- RUMOR _ RUMOR. The top people at WM, especially, Lee Scott and Eduard Castro-Wright are ruining a once great company. Flood Bentonville with a lot of letters and tell the top people how "lousy" they have become.
Caliope on 2007-01-29:
Hi and welcome! I have bought my sewing/crafting supplies there many times (but I don't recommend their clothing lol) and feel that is one department that is pretty good! That is disappointing to me since the only place to buy my sewing necessities is our local Wally World. I will do my part! Have a good evening.
Skye on 2007-01-29:
I guess it won't be long before that policy hits here. It's a shame, I like doing small sewing adventures, as I call them, and like the fabric. I made bird cage covers for the Humane Society. I know, corny, but helpful. Thanks for the heads up.
Anonymous on 2007-01-29:
I was at a Wal-Mart in Sapulpa OK this weekend. I overheard some of the employees complaining about the new no fabric policy. It's corp policies like this (albeit profitable) that continues to separate Wal-Mart from it's small townish roots.

Good comments Frenchie!
FloridaLizardQueen on 2007-02-22:
I would suggest going to Joann Fabrics if there is one near you. Yes, it is a shame that Wal-Mart is discontinuing selling fabric in the stores, but I guess that's progress . . .
Czindy on 2007-02-25:
I DID contact Walmart about stopping fabric sales, but they sent me back an e-mail that said, they had "No way of knowing which stores would continue to sell fabric" Which seems to me, no way to run a business. Not even to know which stores will have fabric & which ones wouldn't. They had no explanation why no more fabric but this bit of BS: "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." This quote in NOT correct in my state, (Washington) as only one store will continue to sell fabric & one more store will have only a small bit of fabric. From the employees in the fabric area, I have gotten a bit of news. They say that there are certain Walmarts' that are labeled as "local neighborhood stores" and these are the ones which will continue to carry fabric. What a disappointment. I guess they weren't making enough money for their oversize pockets from fabric!
Czindy on 2007-02-25:
About the "Go to Joannn Fabrics" comment: I don;t have one near me, & they don't have bolts of fabric for ONE DOLLAR a yard. When you're older, on a budget & are sewing for the less fortunate, every dollar counts! In fact, Wal-Mart should realize that it's this discount fabric that brings us in to spend more on other things.
FloridaLizardQueen on 2007-02-27:
I have another suggestion. If you feel comfortable ordering stuff from the internet, try ordering fabric from http://www.joannfabric.com/catalog.jhtml;$sessionid$BFYZ5QIAAD1QOP4SY5NBIHR50LD3OEPO?CATID=50686. This link will take you right to the fabric section of the site. Hope all is well and good luck!
Chelios Fan on 2007-11-30:
I just ran across this thread and even though it's several months old, I thought I would add a comment.

My local Walmart in El Reno, OK still sells fabric and just last week the lady who was cutting my fabric said that earlier in the year they took out the fabric department in two stores in either Norman, OK or Edmond, OK (I can't remember which one she said). But, due to customer demand, they put the fabric department back in one of the stores.

Maybe contacting Walmart with your concerns really does work.
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