Bentonville, Ark. - Walmart U.S. said it will broaden its assortment by some 8,500 skus, reintroducing some items it had cut during an earlier bout of editing - including fabrics.In 2009, Walmart began eliminating fabric departments in many stores as part of its upscaling remodel to lure higher-income shoppers out of food and commodities into its general merchandise departments.The fabric strategy proved a boom to competitors like Jo-Ann stores, which in December 2009 said Walmart's move was opening up greater market share for the specialty retailer.Restored products - many of them regional food favorites - will carry "It's Back" flags.Walmart also will step up its price match policy and is launching a national TV advertising campaign today to support it.
I think this is a great idea. But there are people that disagree:
"And once again, Walmart puts another nail in the coffin of small businesses all across America. Small locally-owned quilt shops have higher quality fabrics and notions and superior customer service, but cannot compete on price alone. And shame on those people who will buy their fabrics at Walmart and then visit their local quilt shops to get help and advice with their projects!"
What that commenter said may perhaps be true. BUT... yes, there's a BIG "BUT"... every person that has an interest in purchasing fabric is not a quilter. AND there are plenty of places that don't have independent fabric stores. A Hancock Fabrics, a Jo-Ann's AND a Walmart fabric department are the ONLY game in town.
I never thought I would, but I miss my Walmart fabric department. Every so often, I would find some gems. So I say the more fabric retail options the better.