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Jo-Ann Fabrics Moving Out of Westmont Plaza

The news comes on the heels of Superfresh market also pulling out of the Haddon Township strip mall.

Jo-Ann Fabrics will close its store at the Westmont Plaza early next spring and move to a larger location at the Garden State Pavilion on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, employees there said Wednesday.

Customers expressed shock and sadness when told of the move, which comes on the heels of the announced closing last month of the Superfresh market next door.

"I'm concerned," said Emma Redmer, 33, of Oaklyn, as she shopped for yarn and fabric. "They're losing a big client. They're pretty popular here. I hope they can find more tenants for this place, good tenants."

Redmer said she's unlikely to continue shopping at Jo-Ann's when it moves because she doesn't have a car.

"I ride a bike," she said, peering outside at snow and sleet that had just started to fall on Wednesday afternoon. "I gotta get out of here."

Zahsa Silliman, the store manager said Redmer's reaction is typical among many of her regulars.

"The people that live in the towers over there are pretty upset because a lot of them don't have vehicles," Silliman said, referring to the Haddonview apartments, which includes a sizable active-adult population. "They moved there because of the Superfresh and this plaza, so a lot of them are upset about it. Everyone, as a community, is pretty upset."

Silliman said their new location will be larger than the 14,800-square-foot store at Westmont Plaza.There are still no signs to announce the closing. Silliman said she learned about it earlier this month.

One of her employees, Betty Springle, has worked here for 13 years, since the store opened. She said the locals are going to miss it.

"The schools are going to miss us being here," said Springle, 54. "The teachers pop in at lunch time... It's sad."

Kathy Lucyszyn and her daughter, Laura Walton, said they will take the trip down Cuthbert Boulevard to Route 70 to Jo-Ann's new location. But they still worry what they'll leave behind.

"This was a nice place to come, it's close," said Lucyszyn, 59, formerly of Haddon Township. "It's almost like a domino effect. Once stores start closing, will other stores start closing?"

Superfresh anchors the Westmont Plaza shopping center at Cuthbert and MacArthur boulevards. Its closure next month will leave two supermarkets in Haddon Township, Acme on Cuthbert Boulevard and Thriftway on Crystal Lake Avenue.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated that Haddonview apartments are a retirement community. It has been updated.

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Christina December 26, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Is anything going in the Superfresh store?
Jack S December 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM
It's ashame. The Westmont Plaza was upgraded recently, and now the location is losing some of its key stores. Not to mention neighboring residents who are losing local jobs, etc. The real loser, however, are those of us who live in close proximity to the Garden State Plaza, where JoAnn will relocate. That location has essentially become a second Cherry Hill Mall, with all the attendant traffic, daily shoplifting and other crimes, and other problems. Clearly our elected officals in Haddonfield were asleep when they allowed that traffic generator to go up without a word about how it would impact traffic flows up Grove into Haddonfield.
Mister Mike December 27, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Jack S, RE: "Clearly our elected officals in Haddonfield were asleep when they allowed that traffic generator to go up without a word about how it would impact traffic flows up Grove into Haddonfield." I highly doubt that Haddonfield officials would have had any say or standing whatsoever about Garden State Plaza's effect on traffic onto and off Grove Street. Cherry Hill officials probably didn't even contact Haddonfield officials for their opinion when the Garden State Plaza was first under consideration. There would have been no reason to do so and Haddonfield would not of had a basis for any say on the matter. Grove Street is a county road, not a local Haddonfield street.
Mister Mike December 27, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Nothing that is publicly know at this point.
Mister Mike December 27, 2012 at 02:09 AM
@ Bill D. Haddonview Appartments is not and has never been a retirement community. See: http://www.apartments.com/New-Jersey/Haddon-Township/Haddonview-Associates-LLC/24321 Now, as a 23-year Haddon Township resident living just around the corner and up the street from Haddonview I would agree that the majority of the residents are probably 50 years of age and older.
Mister Mike December 27, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I whether if the decision by Joann Fabric's is strictly one of wanting a larger location. Things to consider: 1) The empty store next to them is just about the same size as their current square footage. They could increase their size up to doubling it right where they are now located. Re: http://www.showcase.com/property/630-662-W-Cuthbert-Boulevard/Westmont/New-Jersey/777110 (Note the last photo as to the available space). 2) Maybe JoAnn Fabrics thinks their gross sales will be much more at a larger store at Garden State Pavilions then at a larger store at the Westmont Plaza 3) The Garden State Pavilions was fairly new when Garden State Plaza opened right up Rt 70. The Pavilions lost Home Depot to the Plaza and Old Navy to the Cherry Hill Mall. The Old Country Buffet closed this past year and there are other vacancies. The ownership of the Garden State Pavilions is probably giving a sweetheart deal to JoAnn Fabrics - less rent per square foot, paying for the needed build out of the new store and paying their remaining rental obligation to the Westmont Plaza, etc.. I have to wonder whether Joann Fabrics approached the Westmont Plaza about expanding there and if so what response they received. However, bear in mind that even though JoAnn Fabrics public closing announcement comes after that of Superfresh, their decision may have been made well before the Superfresh (A&P), decision and before the Westmont Plaza ownership knew that they would be losing Superfresh.
Renee Winkler December 27, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Hopefully when Joann Fabrics relocates it will add some staff who know how to be pleasant to customers. I'm a fabric freak and I'm disappointed with the shortage of fabric outlets but that store in Westmont is a mess and the employees are surly. To repeat earlier comments, HaddonView is not a retirement community.
Debbie Hansen December 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM
So, Renee...if you like nice fabrics, you should be shopping at The Little Shop in Haddonfield. I hope Joann's can expand their crafts departments in the new space, this area could use larger and better ribbon departments and children's crafts..similar to Michaels....and I wish them all the best.. I always have a good shopping experience there...
Jeremiah Wright December 27, 2012 at 06:22 PM
"Jo Ann Fabrics moving". First world problems.
Mister Mike December 28, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Jeremiah, if you're implying that Jo Ann Fabrics moving should not be covered by Patch as it is not a world problem, remember that Patch is a Community online paper covering Community news and events. It's not intended to be an International or National paper. It's partially (my words), a Regional paper as Patch covers towns in 22 states and also the District of Columbia. As an example, Patch currently covers 115 towns in the State of New Jersey and 88 towns and or sections of cities in Pennsylvania. Find International and National news, complete with problems, on AOL's The Huffington Post or on another site of your choice. No, I do not work for Patch. However, I am one that finds out the facts about something first and then posts about it. This avoids the posting of critical statements of little to no value of the issue at hand.

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