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Joann Crafts on 1300 East

Joann Fabric and Crafts

Joann Fabrics and Crafts is the largest specialty crafts. The corporate page claims that JoAnn operated over 790 stores in 49 states as of July 28, 2012.

Wikipedia (drawn 3/2014) traces the history of the store to a cheese shop opened in Cleveland by Hilda and Berthold Reich along with their friends Sigmund and Mathilda Rohrbach. The company added fabric which they found sold better than the cheese. After opening their second store, they cut the cheese and renamed the concern to Cleveland Fabric Shop and then to Jo-Ann Fabrics.

The company went public in 1969 as Fabri-Centers of America, Inc. In 1994, the company acquired a 342 chain called "Cloth World" which brought the concern to 655 units. They acquired House of Fabrics in 1998. On December 23, 2010, Jo-Ann Stores announced plans to sell to Leonard Green for $1.6 billion. Corporate information about the store after the sale is scarce.

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