crafters have been concerned by reports of changes to our local Walmart. KMXT's Diana Gish has the story:
McCann arrived in Kodiak she was happy to find a Walmart.
-- (McCann1 :35 "...have a fabric
heard that Walmart's fabric department might close, she wondered what she would
-- (McCann2 :05 ...small
island it's pretty big.")
concerned that she's started an online petition in an effort to dissuade
Walmart from making that change.
spokeswoman in Arkansas
has confirmed that the fabric department will be eliminated although she
doesn't use those words. In an e-mail statement Ashley Hardie wrote, "We are
converting the fabric and crafts department in the store to a newly expanded
assortment of merchandise that focuses on life's celebrations. We are excited
to offer our customers a new crafts and celebrations center that makes
available craft and party planning needs along with information on current
trends and new ideas in the area of life's celebrations, such as holidays,
weddings and birthdays."
statement goes on to say: "The new crafts and celebrations center will continue
to carry merchandise commonly referred to as ‘notions'- such as sewing
machines, yarn needles, thread, etc."
expanded assortment of merchandise" apparently does not include fabric.
other stores in Kodiak that sell fabric. Flying Geese fabric and quilts is one
of those. But Flying Geese co-owner Norma Dutt doesn't expect to see an influx
of Walmart fabric shoppers.
-- (Dutt :39 "...any impact on
I asked the
Walmart spokeswoman if someone could explain why the fabric at Kodiak's Walmart
was going to be phased out. After stating that no one in Walmart's media
relations department was available for an interview Ashley Hardie wrote, "We've
been converting the fabrics and crafts department in some of our stores to the
new celebrations centers for a few years
now. The store's remodel provides an opportunity to bring our customers this
McCann's on-line protest can be found on Facebook. It's called: "Petition to
save Walmart Fabric Department Kodiak, Alaska."