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From: sewhappyrtr
Date: 02-02-2007, 08:02 PM (1 of 12)
Hello,, went to my local Walmart today, and as I was having my fabric cut for me, I asked the clerk if it was true that Walmart was closing the fabric dept. Well she said it was true, but also some stores will still keep the fabric dept, that the ones that are closing will send their supply to the ones that aren't closing. I told her how stupid Walmart was for doing that and how upset I was. and she said I could call 1-800-Walmart and voice a complaint. So I thought to come to my favorite site and post this so maybe others could call and complain. So maybe it will help.. or not. Thanks:bluesmile :bluesmile
User: sewhappyrtr
Member since: 08-01-2006
Total posts: 43
From: Bama
Date: 02-02-2007, 09:24 PM (2 of 12)
I've called them 3 times. I commented that I (as well as other) sewers spend alot of money in other departments at Walmart besides fabrics, but won't be in there near as often if there's no fabric or thread to buy. I asked if their CEOs thought about that. They say they will forward my comments to whoever and thank you for calling.
Someone told me you can request a "green form" from your Walmart manager and fill it out with your complaints.
I wonder if any of this will do any good. It doesn't seem to be changing their minds.
I still can't believe what a stupid thing they are doing. The fabric department at our local WM is always packed with people waiting to get fabric cut.
I can drive 35 miles down the interstate to Hancocks. There's alot of elderly ladies here that cannot drive that far to buy their fabric.
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: JustSewCrafty
Date: 02-12-2007, 12:20 PM (3 of 12)
I know Ive seen several posts on this topic so I'll post on this one because it's the first one I saw.

I thought this was an interesting article..
May your bobbin always be full-
"Sewing is the new black"
User: JustSewCrafty
Member since: 10-04-2006
Total posts: 168
From: Bama
Date: 02-12-2007, 03:35 PM (4 of 12)
I passed by a Walmart about 40 miles from here today and decided to stop and see how their fabric department was looking and maybe pick up some yarn and a few notions. I had already heard that it was closing also. Guess what? NO YARN anywhere! It was completely gone. They had knitting baskets, but no yarn to put in them. I couldn't even find quilting needles in there.
They had about 1/2 as many bolts of fabric that they had the last time I was in there and very little thread.
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: gholloway
Date: 02-12-2007, 04:24 PM (5 of 12)
I went to one of the wm in our town and they had done away with the fabric and was only going to have a few rolls of yarn. When I went to the one by my house I ask them if they were doing away with the fabric department and they said not for another few years or that was what had been told to them. Our Joann's closed and the only other place we have to purchase fabric other than wm is hancock and hobby lobby. I can afford wm since my husband is on disability and sometimes I don't have extra money for hancock or hobby lobby. Sure hate that they are doing this.
User: gholloway
Member since: 06-07-2006
Total posts: 58
From: Mom of Six
Date: 02-12-2007, 06:54 PM (6 of 12)
I was told our Fabric dept. was closing in Jan. I went in the other day & they just got a new shipment of $1 &$2 fabrics. I didn't have time to wait to get any cut but I may go back tomorrow & hope they still have some. There were some great sunsuit/dress prints for my new grandaughters.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: plrlegal
Date: 02-13-2007, 12:09 PM (7 of 12)
gholloway, sign up for Hancock's flyer and they always have coupons in there. I seldom pay full price for fabric at Hancock's.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: Jeke
Date: 02-13-2007, 01:10 PM (8 of 12)
Our WM still has a department, but when I asked they said they have been told it will be gone. She said she thought the celebrations department (or whatever they are calling it) was not doing well and the fabric still was but will eventually be gone. Go figure how they see that as profitable. I am lucky to still have some other choices for fabric stores.

User: Jeke
Member since: 11-10-2004
Total posts: 232
From: bridesmom
Date: 02-14-2007, 07:55 PM (9 of 12)
Well, it sounds like the same thing will be happening to our wally world here in our town. Not that it's a huge loss, but they sure do have nice flannels for kids. They still have wool, but a lot less than before. We have one big fabric store and 4 quilt shops so I guess it probably didn't do much business.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: flaquilter
Date: 02-14-2007, 09:02 PM (10 of 12)
I work in a WM fabric dept. We were finally told in Dec. that it would close in Mar or April. Then in January we were told oh no, there is too much fabric on hand and ordered for warehouse, so it will be a year or so. This week, they tell us mark downs will start one day next week, and no new fabrics will be brought in. They don't care that it is going to hurt a lot of people. The big dogs at corporate have a Flight Plan, and each step is a major change to cut expenses and supposedly make WM better. :nc: Different areas will close at different times - so they can get rid of the stock. Time will tell if this is good or bad. But I see and hear nothing but bad for the company.
User: flaquilter
Member since: 12-16-2006
Total posts: 8
From: Hogmami
Date: 03-18-2007, 02:34 PM (11 of 12)
Went to Walmart yesterday. While having fabric cut, asked if the fabric department was closing. I was told not in this store. They have the highest sales of fabric in the Walmart stores and get to stay open. I was glad to hear that. We have a JoAnn's and quilt shops, but I use Walmart just as much.
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: Bama
Date: 03-18-2007, 03:46 PM (12 of 12)
I stopped by the WM nearest to me a few days ago. They (and all the surrounding Walmarts here) have been saying they will close fabrics in April. The saleslady in fabrics told me that the latest news from her boss is that WM did not realize what an uproar it would cause to close the fabric departments, and had more response than they had expected. Now the manager here says they might keep one fabric department open in each district. They think it might be at this store since it's in a central location and they had the biggest response of complaints in this area. There was lots of new fabrics in so maybe it's true.
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
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