There's a story circulating in the vast expanse of the internet about Joann Fabrics. Since it's from the other side of the country and plenty of yahoos are sharing it, of course there's confusion surrounding the status of the crafts chain, especially since they have seven Montana locations in Missoula, Kalispell, Great Falls, Helena, Billings, Bozeman, and Butte.

The story, which has been picked up by many media outlets all over the country, is being misinterpreted in an age when headlines get lots of attention and the story in the article gets skimmed over. Is the Joann Fabrics in Missoula going out of business? Well, we wanted to know since Joann has been in the Holiday Village Shopping Center for years. We spoke with Andrew, an on-duty manager at Joann Fabrics to set the record straight.

Credit: Benny Edwin
Credit: Benny Edwin

Our Missoula store isn't closing any time soon. The story on Yahoo references Joann locations in West Virginia and New Hampshire, and to my understanding the 10-year leases with their landlords were up in those stores anyway. I'm not sure about the other Montana locations but we're looking forward to serving Missoula for many years to come.

We reached out to Joann Fabrics Public Relations office but have not heard back, however Townsquare Media Missoula will share more information as it becomes available. As of this writing, the Public Relations office hasn't updated the information shared in the original story either. We scoured Joann Fabrics Facebook page and couldn't find any posts related to store closings.

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