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Michelle T

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Date: 7/29/09 11:20 PM

It was too hot to do anything at home or work today, so I played hooky and took the kids shopping. Michael's for bins and embroidery floss, Chapters for a new novel for dd. Ds was not interested in Michaels and he has lots of books, so he walked over to Walmart to check out games. He is 13.

I of course had to check out the fabric dept while I was there. I bought some cream french terry, I know it is 100 degrees outside and here I was buying warm fabric. But the prices was right and dd loves cozy pj's. The lady cutting said what they have in stock is all they will have, once it is gone no more is coming in.

So for all us Canadians who find great deals at Walmart, it is time to stock up. Soon it will all be gone.

And I did buy another fabric a bright yellow knit to make another sundress for all of $1.97/m.

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Date: 7/29/09 11:29 PM

Thanks for the info Michelle. I used to go to the Walmart at Town & Country on and off. I was hoping when they finish the new store they are building that there would be a great fabric dept. But I guess that is not going to happen.

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Date: 8/2/09 5:08 PM

Two separate sales reps from notions companies have told me that all Walmarts are loosing the fabric department. In another city 1/2 hr away that just got done a remodel they had 3 small packages of fabric among the crafts: white, black, red about the amount a Barbie would need for a garment. Here they keep saying that there're so busy that their keeping theirs, yet more plastic plants and flowers keep appering on the shelves. Lots more scrapbooking in the store too.

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Date: 8/2/09 6:47 PM

They just got rid of the fabric department in the Walmart in Howell NJ

It doesn't make cent$ to me. I think that more and more people are sewing. They always had great prices and sometimes really good fabrics. When you are learning to sew, not having to spend a lot on fabric is a big plus!

Nora :)

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Date: 8/6/09 2:22 PM

I have 3 Walmarts that are each about 20 minutes from me (in 3 different directions). One of them closed their fabric dept over a year ago, so since then I always shop at the other two locations. Well a couple weeks ago, another one of those had completely evacuated the fabric dept. Big gaping hole in the floor where they had removed the big cutting tables. Nothing at all in that space, but I could see from the construction going on that they were working fast & furious to fill in the empty space with more crafts and fake plants. So now I have only one Walmart left that I will go to. Mind you, I don't buy ONLY fabric when I am there. I make the trip worthwhile and buy toiletries, school supplies, groceries, maybe something from the hardware dept or the shoe dept. All I know is that I go in for a spool of thread or a yard of fabric & come out with over a hundred dollars worth of non-sewing stuff. And THAT's what I do not think the Walmart execs are thinking about. Looking thru the fabrics at Walmart is a little treat I enjoy even if I don't buy any fabric that day, but I always buy a buggy full of something. The Walmart employees I have talked to at all 3 locations say that they always sold LOTS of fabric, so they don't understand it either. I have a Kroger & a Target w/in five minutes of my house, and if Walmart has no fabric or notions, I can buy anything else I would have gotten from Walmart at Kroger or Target. Yes, the fabric dept does require a human working there to cut fabric & ribbon & Walmart is trying to cut personnel costs. But I just don't think they realize is how many people have Target or KMart or other stores in closer proximity. For me, the distance to drive to Walmart, not to mention the crowds & lack of enough cashiers once I get there, are not worth it to just buy things I could get at Target. My one remaining Walmart with a fabric dept says they will lose theirs by Christmas time. Sad. I think that EVERYONE of us should write or email Walmart executives to let them know how much business we bring to their stores (it's not just the sewing things we buy, but also all the OTHER things we buy once in the store). I am not going to "get mad & boycott Walmart". It's not that. It's simply that I will no longer have any reason to drive 20 minutes to WM when Target is five minutes away. In the past it was worth the extra effort/time b/c I liked the fabric dept at Walmart. Everyone, please write to Walmart and let them know how you feel.

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Date: 8/8/09 9:43 PM

Unfortunately, writing them won't make a diference as this plan was set in motion apr. 4 years ago. My one local store got rid of everything sewing related except for sewing machines and replaced it with kids craft stuff and plastic flowers. The closest one keeps telling me that they'll be the lucky store in the area to keep it. I've spoken to suppliers of notions and everyone I've talked to said no more fabric at WM, just a matter of time. What worries me is not loosing companies that make threads and notions so I support my local sewing machine dealer and Fabricland.

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Date: 8/8/09 9:53 PM

I spoke to the store manager at my local Walmart. He told me that fabric dept would be closing when they had the next store makeover. He also said that the stores were using the overhauls that come every 5 years to close them. Ours will come in 3 more years. Maybe they will change their minds by then!

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Date: 8/10/09 10:59 PM

Welcome to the club, we lost our fabric department last year in our Walmart. The rumor was, at the time, that the daughter of the Walmart corp had bought Joanns Etc. and was fazing out Walmarts fabric section to promote Joanns...only thing for us, Joanns is 45 min drive, so we just make the trip to Hancocks which is 15 min closer.

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Date: 8/12/09 11:26 AM

Hi Sew2006, I agree, for I had also heard that this is part of their masterplan that was devised some years ago. Even big corporations do sometimes change their minds or revise their revisions. My husband retired from a huge corp, the name of which you would all know, & it was amazing (even a bit scary) when he would come home talking about all the millions of dollars they had spent to change something to one way, only to decide in short order that that wasn't such a good idea & then spend millions more to change it back to basically the way it had been before. I have spoken to the store managers of all 3 of the Walmarts near me, & each of them has said, "Write or email the corporate office---they listen to customers more than they listen to us." Now whether they really listen to customers--who knows--but I would still encourage all who are disappointed that you have or will lose your Walmart fabric dept to write the headquarters. I don't think they will change their minds immediately but, who knows, it could happen if they hear from enough customers who will be shopping there less for ALL things if the loss of the fabric dept causes them to be less motivated to go to Walmart versus Target. At the very least, it can't hurt to write or email them.

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Date: 8/12/09 1:38 PM

All the 3 walmart shops 20 minutes radius around my home have shut down their fabric departments in the last month. Oh well!

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