Wal-Mart closing fabric department

Wal-Mart closing fabric department

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Since: Sep 08

Winona Mo/ Kansas City Mo

#1 Dec 24, 2008
This may not be of interest to many people who read this, but will affect someone they know, Wal-Mart is liquidating their fabric departments and will no longer be selling fabric yardage. They have decided it is not cost effective to pay associates to measure and cut fabric.

This is a corporate decision that was made without regard to their rural customers who rely on that department for quilting and sewing fabric. Most of the customers who buy fabric there are older women who don't have the transportation or resources to go to a larger city to shop for fabric.

I have purchased fabric from Wal-Mart numerous times and have nearly always had to wait in line to have it cut, the fabric department in the rural stores is always busy.

I am urging everyone who reads this to call the 1-800-wal-mart line and voice an opinion on behalf of the these customers. Be patient and stay on the line (it is free) when you get an associate, tell them that you will no longer be purchasing any sewing or crafting supplies from Wal-Mart if they close the fabric department. They will tell you this decision was based on fabric sales being low, explain to them these statistics are not reflective of the sales in rural areas and they are causing a hardship to their senior customers in these areas.

Regardless if you are a faithful Wal-Mart customer or never step in the door, this is an issue of importance to many older women of our area and needs to be addressed
Alice

United States

#2 Dec 25, 2008
It's a waste of space.
sewer

Foristell, MO

#3 Dec 29, 2008
This makes it hard for the poor people in these rual counties. Because they depend on this.

Since: Dec 06

Birch Tree, Missouri

#4 Dec 30, 2008
I have called that number before also when they took all the plastic canvas supplies out. Several of my friends also called but to no avail. I think they will do what they want to do. But at least we can say we tried eh?
That is a shame for all the sewers and crafters in this area. I know I have to send to Springfield to get my plastic canvas now.
SewDragonDesigns

AOL

#5 Mar 12, 2009
Facebook Petition to save our Walmart fabric departments, lets take this thing VIRAL

http://www.facebook.com/group.php...
Rachel

United States

#6 Mar 18, 2009
I think it is a terrible thing to close out the fabric department-Walmart ran all of the small fabric stores out long ago; and no one can compete with walmarts pricing. I priced quilting fabric at Hobby Lobby-anywhere from 5.99yd to 8.99yd and who wants to drive to springfield for material! By the way I was at "Junebugs" in Birch Tree and they had a table of fabric for $1 yd and another table for $2.99 yd and quite a selection
dianne

United States

#7 Mar 18, 2009
junebugs don't sell fabric anymore do they?
Rachel

United States

#8 Mar 28, 2009
My theory on wal-mart closing the fabric department isn't because they don't want to pay the extra help to cut fabric it's because Wal-mart is moving toward more big ticket electronic items with a higher profit margin. If you'll notice with the closing of places like Circuit City, and such; Wal-mart is carrying more computers, stereos, big-screen t.v's, etc...
name

United States

#9 Mar 28, 2009
I hate to hear this. The selection was not much, but it really helped anyways!
LilMamaK

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Apr 5, 2009
This sucks for my area. Wal-Mart is the only game in town for fabric but for ONE local fabric shop whose pricing is HIIIIIGGGGHHH! The next closest places are the two Jo-Ann's both more than 30 miles away!!!! I've bought much of the fabric for my daughter's past birthday dresses, many Christmas items, baby wipes etc..from them, not to metion about a million yards of threads and other assorted trims. They axed all of their wool yarn too.

I guess it's so we can all stimulate the economy by being unable to make anything and rather being forced into buying unflattering poor-fitting made in China goods....
in my opinion

Columbia, MO

#11 Apr 10, 2009
Walmart didn't care when they stopped Layaway just before the thanksgiving sale either. I say we boycott walmart for everything possible and show them how much we care. I called the 800 number then and didn't get much response. So that year I didn't buy any xmas presents at walmart I drove to Rolla to do my shopping at KMart instead.
Kathy P

Sanford, FL

#12 May 26, 2009
They just closed the fabric departments in two Walmarts near me. I figure if I have to drive 30 miles to go to a JoAnn's, which is the only fabric store left where I live, then I can drive to a grocery store and do my food shopping elsewhere too. I do not have to use Walmart any longer. The quality of their "Chineese" goods is poor at best, so why should I continue to patronize them? I just heard on the news today that since the closing of Circuit City, that Walmart execs have decided to corner that market and enlarge the electronics department so people don't have to drive as far to a Best Buy! But they don't mind folks driving 30 miles to purchase a small amount of fabric as opposed to a large ticket item of electronics.

It's all about the bottom dollar, not what the folks want. Well, I hope the "folks" go elsewhere! Since there is a super Target across the street from the super Walmart, I will just start going there instead. I already use their pharmacy. No they can have the rest of my business.
SuzieQ

Goshen, IN

#13 May 28, 2009
Kathy P wrote:
They just closed the fabric departments in two Walmarts near me. I figure if I have to drive 30 miles to go to a JoAnn's, which is the only fabric store left where I live, then I can drive to a grocery store and do my food shopping elsewhere too. I do not have to use Walmart any longer. The quality of their "Chineese" goods is poor at best, so why should I continue to patronize them? I just heard on the news today that since the closing of Circuit City, that Walmart execs have decided to corner that market and enlarge the electronics department so people don't have to drive as far to a Best Buy! But they don't mind folks driving 30 miles to purchase a small amount of fabric as opposed to a large ticket item of electronics.
It's all about the bottom dollar, not what the folks want. Well, I hope the "folks" go elsewhere! Since there is a super Target across the street from the super Walmart, I will just start going there instead. I already use their pharmacy. No they can have the rest of my business.
Our store in northern Indiana closed the fabric area a few months back, remodeled the whole darn store to make it look like a top of the line place...but the selection of things, in all areas has declined and lowered in value, except for electronics. I,too, have to travel more than 30 miles, one way, to the closest fabric store...and don't like it at all.....consumers have very little say when it comes to what is available for them to purchase. And good-bye to American made products...just try to find some in that store...
Nancy Blacker

United States

#14 Oct 10, 2009
I have also heard that Walmart is not going to carry fabric and crafts anymore so that they can expand their electronics departments. Our store in Moscow,Idaho still has fabric but not as much as it used to. The new super Walmart in Lewiston, Idaho does not have these departments at all. The only other fabric stores in our area are Joann's and with no competition, they will probably be more expensive than ever.
Happy

Shirley, AR

#15 Oct 11, 2009
Wal-mart doesn't care about the community they are in,or even the employees that work for them,and they haven't since Mr Sam Walton died.
All they care a about is how much money they can make by ripping off their customers,their employees,and the communities they are in.
Watch the news,and you will find out how Wal-mart only puts stores where they can get outrageous tax breaks,they wont allow their employees any over time,and only give them part time hours,and tell them to sign up for medicaid,and food stamps to make it.
Wal-mart will charge you $20 for something that only cost them a total of $.50 to get made,shipped,and put on their shelves.
I've never worked for Wal-mart but do have friends,and family that do,and have.
I have worked as a manager for another company that worked with Wal-marts warehouses,so Iv'e seen,and heard a lot of what Wal-mart does behind closed doors.
They are nothing but crooks,and should be boycotted.
You can complain to them until your blue in the face,they wont even give your complaint the slightest thought before throwing it in the trash,if they even write it down.
Just wait

United States

#16 Oct 12, 2009
I heard that walmart in mtn view would eventually be closed they are shutting down all the smaller wal marts, they would not be replacing it instead they were checking on property in van buren to place a supercenter.
bobbin

Pullman, WA

#17 Jan 26, 2010
Nancy,

that's not entirely accurate. Johann's is not the only place for fabric in Moscow. You also have Stitches & Petals; and Quilt Something.

I for one, often purchase fabric on the Internet if I can't find what I'm looking for. Walmart's fabric line is mostly poor quality anyway.
Patricia

Mountain View, CA

#18 Feb 3, 2010
Alice wrote:
It's a waste of space.
Why is it a waste of space? I'd say a true waste of space is the hunting section or the junk food one.
Ladybug

Ava, MO

#19 Feb 4, 2010
This is a perfect opportunity for someone wanting to start a business to open a fabric shop!! or for some one to expand. Wal-Mart is not for the people since Sam Walton died.
Faye Edmonds

Lagrange, GA

#20 Feb 14, 2010
I am disabled and sewing is a great outlet for me. What shall I do? Oh, I know, I can travel to another city to buy my sewing supplies. You know something, that is not cost effective for me. Before you have another corporate brain fart, try watching Undercover Boss, you might just learn something about cost effectiveness and that everything that comes from cooperate isn't so smart. I will find another fabric store or order online but it will not be from another Wall-Mart. Your stores are getting worse ever day and, moral is low and most wouldn't dare go out of their way for the customer, especially the disabled. The LaGrange, GA store was a short drive for me. Did you ever thing that your cost effective ideas may not be in compliance with the American for Disability Act?

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