Thursday, March 29, 2007

Eureka Hancock's: R.I.P.

I was surprised to hear that Eureka's Hancock's Fabrics is going out of business. Damn, that Marina Center's already driving our local businesses into the ground.

But seriously, here's a case of a relatively new chain store that lost out to a pretty old chain store, JoAnn's Fabrics. I figured there'd likely be more than enough business for the two of them. After all, we have umpteen of those little coffee shacks in town. Couldn't Eureka and the rest of the county keep two fabric stores in business?

The wife had to think a bit but finally said that while she'd probably prefer JoAnn Fabrics to Hancock's, she shopped at both.

Oh well. Just another big box/ chain store to add to the list that have gone by the wayside in Eureka along with Pay n Pak, Montgomery Wards, J.C. Penny's....the list goes on.

Oh; and what happened to all the Circle K and 7-11s we used to have up here years ago?


At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hancock's had a lousy location, poor visibility and I never received direct mail or saw coupons from them, even after a purchase. JoAnn's is in my face all the time.

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Fred said...

The wifey got mailers from them regularly. In fact, that's when I noticed they were going out of business.

I'd seen some guys at the Eureka Mall carrying some sale ads that said something about closing and I thought they referred to Hancock's. For some reason I thought I misread the signs and blew it off.

Then yesterday, I saw a Hancock's ad laying with the rest of the mail and asked the wife if she'd seen it yet and that's when she said they were shutting down.

We must have gotten at least two mailers from them a week.

At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were told by store mgr. that
Hancocks told her the main reason was;

fuel and shipping costs are no longer affordable!

Meanwhile: Another 185 Billion for an endless war? Sure!

At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

straighten out 101 and you'll make transportation a lot more affordable.

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seemed to me their prices were a little higher than JoAnn's, though the sales evened it out a bit. Sad, though, there used to be lots of fabirc stores, and even stores like PayLess had a fabric dept.

Now you can buy a shirt at the mall for less than the cost of the buttons and thread at the fabric store. That's killed off the do it yourself sewing, and the fabric stores. If it wasn't for quilters, they would all be gone.

At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let see there was Fabric shop on 4th st. Singer Sewing, Daly's on the first floor. There was a big fabric shop at harris and f st, Mcgaraghan's, White House,Montgomery Ward,Penneys, Woolworth, Federal Store and Kress

At 7:19 AM, Blogger Greg said...

Circle K's, yes - but I haven't seen any 7-11's in Humboldt County. (Have I?)

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Quite honestly, I get both of them mixed up and can't remember whether it was Circle K or 7-11 that I'd been to all those years ago. Seemed like they just disappeared.

Maybe they were Circle Ks. There was one at the foot of Humboldt Hill I frequented when I worked at Humboldt Bay Power Plant. One on Harrison Ave. in Eureka and one on Central Avenue in Mckinleyville.

There might have been some others I never noticed.

At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There wasa big Fabric Store in Arcata where the pet store is, next to Uniontown Safeway. Would've been in the 70s

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the mini mart gas station may have caused their demise.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I would have thought so too, but there's mini mart gas stations nearly everywhere and yet some places still have Circle Ks and 7/11s.


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