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Date: 6/4/14 12:50 PM

Hi all. I was visiting my local Hanock's this morning and the manager said it's official, we are getting a brand new Hancock's on the East end of the area. For those who live in the Richmond, Va. area, it will be at the White Oak shopping center. Opening August 1st. This is very exciting...there are no fabric stores any where close to that area (other than the local quilt shops I'm not aware of).

Corporate is giving my Hancock's a much needed face lift.

The sad news, one of the older Hancock's(not mine) on Midlothian is closing.

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Date: 6/4/14 2:03 PM

I'm hoping this means they will re-open some Hancock's in my area. They all closed down a few years back. Have to drive a couple of hours to get to one now. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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Date: 6/4/14 4:33 PM

Good news for those who live in the East End! I have a friend at work who does. I don't think she sews, but she may have some use for the craft items, if it's one of the Sewing + Craft locations.

And they're going to be doing a facelift on the West End Hancocks? Good, as you said, its about time.

JTink, I added a review for Couture over on Libbie Ave. today in the Fabric Stores Reviews section. Have you ever been there?

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Date: 6/4/14 7:03 PM

Liz, thanks so much for pointing me to your review. I don't usually read that section I have been to Couture several times. As a matter of fact, fellow PR'er Chris Bryant is the one who tuned me into it's existence. We get together for lunch at least once a month and then head out to a fabric store. She had been to Couture and wanted to show me what it was all about. I was overwhelmed by the buttons

The material is a bit pricey for me, but it was fun looking and touching

You will have to join us for lunch sometime

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Date: 6/4/14 7:10 PM

Oh please don't tell me they are closing the Hancock's in Midlothian. I live in Farmville and Hancocks and the Joann's is the closest fabric store. A while ago I contacted Hancock's about opening a store here. What a joke, not enough population. They even took fabric out of our Walmart several years ago.

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Date: 6/4/14 8:35 PM

Our old, kind of shabby Hancock recently moved from its dying shopping center (it was with a Kmart :() to an open space across the street. I was very excited! That store had wonderful staff and some treasures, but it badly needed a facelift.

...Only the new space is about half the size. Everything is crammed in there, and it's terribly claustrophobic. There's no room for the flat fold bargain fabric, so it's all heaped up on a random table that looks like it's been ravaged by squirrels.

There was a HUGE empty storefront next door to the new space (used to be a Marshall's)--why didn't they move in there, spread out, and make the new store a NEW & IMPROVED store?!

Hoping you have better luck! Our JoAnn moved about ten years ago, and it made a world of difference (similar move--down the street a couple blocks to a new building).

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Date: 6/5/14 7:53 AM

Diane, I'm so sorry. I was also a bit sad to hear the Midlo store was closing. I would have thought our Broad Street store would be the one on the chopping block. It has been the most neglected store. Midlo had a lot of room, ample workers and what looked like, a lot more fabric. The Broad Street store is in an old(but active) shopping center. The store they are in is cavernous and too spread out. Hoping the new face lift will make it more of a "happy" place to be. I'm just glad that corporate is finally recognizing it's worth. I had much higher sales than the one on Midlo.

It's a shame they don't have anything closer to you. Is Charlottesville within reach for you? I know Farmville is south of there, but I'm not real sure about the mileage.

Well, you are just going to have to join us for lunch one day and we will hit all the fabric stores. Our Hancock's and Joann's are only about a mile from each other on Broad Street. Then there's the two quilt shops and a Hobby Lobby...all on Broad Street.

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Date: 6/5/14 7:59 AM

stirwatersblue, I asked the manager if the new store is going to be the "new" concept I've been hearing about. I remember some of the PR folks have mentioned new ones opening on the west coast. They are smaller and seem to be a bit different from our traditional Hancock's. Manager said yes, it's going to be one of the new concept stores. I wonder if that means 80% crafts, 20% fabric.

Any one out here who has experienced one of the new stores, care to enlighten us?

I remember Hancock's started out as a Fabric Warehouse(I think that's what it was called). And it was just that, a great big, not so pretty warehouse atmosphere. It was great rummaging though those huge tubs of bed sheets. I made so many things from them.

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Date: 6/5/14 8:55 AM

Ah, yes, Fabric Warehouse. I remember them back from college days.

And...80/20 crafts/fabric. Not sure I like that. I'm into crafts as well, but a massive reduction in apparel fabric inventory isn't a good thing to me. I don't want to see Hancock go the way of a Hobby Lobby, for example.

Couture's fabric is generally too pricey for me as well, but I did find some good deals in their sale and remnant sections.

I'd be interested in a Richmond area meetup since there seem to be several of us. Maybe an opportunity to exchange/barter/trade fabrics in our stashes?

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Date: 6/5/14 9:22 AM

Ours moved to the other side of town last fall to a busier shopping area.
New concept not so new--took out bulky things like furniture, but still carry way too much fleece, even in summer. What is it with fleece ##grrr!! everywhere?
During opening they had some tables of pretty knit remnants under $5 which went quickly, so we were hoping it would continue, but now they only get a few (some poor quality) and haven't seen a shipment for months, while they still can get lots of upholstery/drapery remnants. Still tons of cottons for quilting and party fabric, added more yarn, beads, usual crafts.
I find more deals in their Bargain aisles like hidden knits or linen blends than in regular stock, but they can be a lot of bland neutral colors too.
They don't get to order, altho we asked for more knits, mgr. says it's whatever corporate buys. I just don't know why locals tores can do huge buys like online sites of the stuff we crave, we want to touch it first.
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