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Member since 4/23/02
Date: 5/10/06 5:46 PM
Here's a pdf that lists the stores.
And some Joann's stores too.
And if anyone has Rag Shop near them, some are closing as well.
(Edited when I found the full list and the Joann's list on the internet)
-- Edited on 5/10/06 5:55 PM --
Lori (visit my blog at: http://monkeyroom.blogspot.com)
Member since 3/3/04
Date: 5/10/06 6:47 PM
How sad that so many of these stores are closing. While the fabric selection is not always the greatest, it is better than having nothing! The Hancocks's nearest me was going to close but a new grocery store went into the same strip mall and now it looks like they will remain open. I wonder if they are closing because there aren't enough people sewing any more to support them or if they have turned so much to crafts, scrapbooking, etc. that those who do sew have turned to the internet for their fabric needs. Pam
Member since 2/19/04
Date: 5/10/06 7:29 PM
The Hancocks closest to me is not on this list. However, they ran a 50% off sale on all their lamps and furniture (bombay chests, benches, trunks). They ran a 50% off sale on their wooly nylon thread and no longer carry it. The last time I was in the store, they were doing inventory. I wonder......
I'm going to keep checking for 50% off sales.
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Member since 4/13/06
In reply to frame
Date: 5/10/06 7:49 PM
I've been to the one closing in Niles, Illinois at least 4 times in the past 2 weeks. Today I bought 9 Kwik Sew patterns at 80% off. I even bought some of the endcap shelving units for my sewing room. The fabrics are all 60-70% off per yard with a minimal of 2 yard purchase. I have totally restocked my sewing room with everything I had put off buying until a sale came around. I am still surrounded by JoAnns, and 2 other Hancocks as well as Vogues downtown Evanston, so this one closing did not put a damper on my hobby. If anyone has a chance to get to the close-outs do so, there are some good deals.
Member since 6/2/03
Date: 5/10/06 8:04 PM
Thanks for posting these lists, LoriB.
Member since 4/8/02
Date: 5/10/06 8:24 PM
Phew. You scared me, but the Joann's in Livermore will stay open.
I wonder why they are closing the Antioch and Sacramento stores. That leaves 3 stores in the south bay, 1 in the east bay, 1 in the north bay, and none in the valley unless they want to drive up to Vacaville. Are there that many more Hancock shoppers in the south bay? It doesn't make sense to me.
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But sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam,
And feast upon strawberries, sugar, and cream.
Member since 5/11/03
In reply to LoriB
Date: 5/10/06 8:42 PM
Thanks for posting the list. I am relieved that the Hancock's near me is not closing. I would hate to have to drive 20 miles out to the 'burbs to get thread or needles. 10 years ago there were 4 fabric stores within 5 miles and now there's just Hancock's and their apparel fabric section is 1/3 the size it used to be.
Member since 4/8/02
Date: 5/11/06 8:39 AM
It is sad to see the demise of any fabric store. I know the feeling of sadness, years ago the all the So-Fro's, and Piece Goods stores closed. While a wonderful discounted time was had by all, I no longer had access to the wonderful Piece Goods display of discontinued buttons at cheap prices! I spent many hours going through the pile to find enough cards of matching buttons for outfits in fact and in the realm of future possibilities. They always had trim and fold fabric that appeared to be from actual clothing lines. While I didn't miss So-Fro, the Piece Goods demise still makes me sigh. I remember there were 3 in our area and when there would be a batch of special fabrics or trims or buttons in one I would make the rounds of all of them just so I could make sure I didn't miss any goodies.... For you new sewers, it was like going from Walmart to Walmart on fabric delivery day... you never knew what goodie you would discover!
Oh, well, I remember when Woolworths, K-mart, JC Penney, and most upper end department stores had very very nice fabric departments. (Mays', O'Neils, Higbees, Polsky's were the local ones in my area).
But, I also remember when clothing was "Made in America" and the manufacturers had real outlets for overstock fabric and notions!
Oh, My I AM REALLY OLD! (and no, I wasn't around when dinosaurs roamed the earth!)
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Member since 4/14/04
Date: 5/11/06 4:06 PM
I went to the one on Winchester in memphis, tn today and they were 20-40% off patterns were 50% except kwik sew, they were 30%. A lady that worked there showed me the boxes they were packing up the ks in to send back to hancocks, so she told me if I wanted any , that I better go on and get them. once the were boxed and taped- that was it.
I got several that I have been wanting but saw nothing else that I couldn't get at a better price at the hancocks near me!!
It is sad though because that was the only hancocks around here anyway that was right next door to a sewing machine/serger store! Makes no sense to me
Member since 2/16/03
Date: 5/12/06 1:28 AM
Nooo.... my lovely 'walk-to-in-5m' Hancock's is closing?! What's the time frame on these closings?
Maybe it's time to grab some discounted patterns... :P At least when we move from our current place, I won't be missing the fabric store. *sigh*