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JoAnn Fabrics reportedly closing giant Leesburg store

The Leesburg operations will all transfer to a new location in Sterling that will open later this year.

It looks like Sterling’s gain is Leesburg’s loss as word comes that JoAnn Fabrics will reportedly close their nearly 35,000 s.f. store in Leesburg at the same time as a new, jumbo JoAnn store opens in Sterling.

It was just earlier this month that The Burn reported that the Sugarland Crossing shopping center off Route 7 in Sterling was getting a new JoAnn store, likely later this year. And there have long been rumors that the JoAnn store in Leesburg would close. But the link between the two wasn’t clear until now. The Leesburg store space has gone on the market as available for lease starting in August and an employee at that store says they will be moving the operations to the new Sterling location once it is built and ready.

The Leesburg JoAnn location opened in 2008. It’s located in the Fort Evan Plaza II shopping center and is the largest tenant by square footage, so filling that spot will likely be a top goal for the landlord.

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43 Comments
  1. Kim 2 years ago
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    Can we please get a Container Store out here?!

  2. AB 2 years ago
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    It’s cool. Those of us who already drive 30 minutes from western Loudoun to Leesburg will just make it a cool 45 to get to Sterling. For Pete’s sake.

    • Steve 2 years ago
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      Move somewhere that’s not in the middle of nowhere, then, instead of insisting that every national chain that you like cater to you and instantaneously open new locations on top of what was 99% farmland until about oh, five minutes ago.

      • Scheemis Degato 2 years ago
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        Steve: Winner of this month’s Richard Cranium award. Congrats male Karen!

  3. BJ Brown 2 years ago
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    Sure would be interesting if you would at least identify which state you’re talking about. Many states have a Leesburg and a Sugar Land etc and there are Jo-Ann’s I just about every state

    • Chris Wadsworth 2 years ago
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      The Burn is a local news site serving Northern Virginia, specifically eastern Loudoun County and western Fairfax County.

    • Steve 2 years ago
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      “Change it to the ‘Washington, D.C. Post’! I thought the ‘Local’ section covered Seattle, not D.C.!”

  4. Kim 2 years ago
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    Can we please get a Container Store out here?!

  5. Kim 2 years ago
    Reply

    Can we please get a Container Store out here?!

  6. AB 2 years ago
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    It’s cool. Those of us who already drive 30 minutes from western Loudoun to Leesburg will just make it a cool 45 to get to Sterling. For Pete’s sake.

    • Steve 2 years ago
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      Move somewhere that’s not in the middle of nowhere, then, instead of insisting that every national chain that you like cater to you and instantaneously open new locations on top of what was 99% farmland until about oh, five minutes ago.

      • Scheemis Degato 2 years ago
        Reply

        Steve: Winner of this month’s Richard Cranium award. Congrats male Karen!

  7. AB 2 years ago
    Reply

    It’s cool. Those of us who already drive 30 minutes from western Loudoun to Leesburg will just make it a cool 45 to get to Sterling. For Pete’s sake.

    • Steve 2 years ago
      Reply

      Move somewhere that’s not in the middle of nowhere, then, instead of insisting that every national chain that you like cater to you and instantaneously open new locations on top of what was 99% farmland until about oh, five minutes ago.

      • Scheemis Degato 2 years ago
        Reply

        Steve: Winner of this month’s Richard Cranium award. Congrats male Karen!

  8. BJ Brown 2 years ago
    Reply

    Sure would be interesting if you would at least identify which state you’re talking about. Many states have a Leesburg and a Sugar Land etc and there are Jo-Ann’s I just about every state

    • Chris Wadsworth 2 years ago
      Reply

      The Burn is a local news site serving Northern Virginia, specifically eastern Loudoun County and western Fairfax County.

    • Steve 2 years ago
      Reply

      “Change it to the ‘Washington, D.C. Post’! I thought the ‘Local’ section covered Seattle, not D.C.!”

  9. BJ Brown 2 years ago
    Reply

    Sure would be interesting if you would at least identify which state you’re talking about. Many states have a Leesburg and a Sugar Land etc and there are Jo-Ann’s I just about every state

    • Chris Wadsworth 2 years ago
      Reply

      The Burn is a local news site serving Northern Virginia, specifically eastern Loudoun County and western Fairfax County.

    • Steve 2 years ago
      Reply

      “Change it to the ‘Washington, D.C. Post’! I thought the ‘Local’ section covered Seattle, not D.C.!”

  10. Martha Polkey 2 years ago
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    Down with big box stores. Up with online orders (a much larger selection of fabrics, notions, etc.).

    • Shelli 2 years ago
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      While it’s certainly more convenient, many of the employees that work in those stores would never make it in a distribution center

  11. Martha Polkey 2 years ago
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    Down with big box stores. Up with online orders (a much larger selection of fabrics, notions, etc.).

    • Shelli 2 years ago
      Reply

      While it’s certainly more convenient, many of the employees that work in those stores would never make it in a distribution center

  12. Martha Polkey 2 years ago
    Reply

    Down with big box stores. Up with online orders (a much larger selection of fabrics, notions, etc.).

    • Shelli 2 years ago
      Reply

      While it’s certainly more convenient, many of the employees that work in those stores would never make it in a distribution center

  13. Monique Johnson 2 years ago
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    very disappointed!!

  14. Monique Johnson 2 years ago
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    very disappointed!!

  15. Monique Johnson 2 years ago
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    very disappointed!!

  16. bacnrac 2 years ago
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    so are they going to discount anything to not have to move it all?

  17. bacnrac 2 years ago
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    so are they going to discount anything to not have to move it all?

  18. bacnrac 2 years ago
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    so are they going to discount anything to not have to move it all?

  19. Buffy 2 years ago
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    Large stores are wonderful for the variety of items available at one site. On-line purchases of fabric (yarn, beads, etc.) is too risky because you may not see the actual fabric shade and pattern size. Also, some sites require you to purchase minimum yardage, which may be too much for a project. I know this from experience.

  20. Buffy 2 years ago
    Reply

    Large stores are wonderful for the variety of items available at one site. On-line purchases of fabric (yarn, beads, etc.) is too risky because you may not see the actual fabric shade and pattern size. Also, some sites require you to purchase minimum yardage, which may be too much for a project. I know this from experience.

  21. Buffy 2 years ago
    Reply

    Large stores are wonderful for the variety of items available at one site. On-line purchases of fabric (yarn, beads, etc.) is too risky because you may not see the actual fabric shade and pattern size. Also, some sites require you to purchase minimum yardage, which may be too much for a project. I know this from experience.

  22. Ellen 2 years ago
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    When the Leesburg store first opened, it was fantastic. Plenty of employees, always well stocked, fantastic selection. BUT, as with all Joann stores, allotted hours are determined by sales quotas. With fewer employees comes poor customer service. The few employees left haven’t got time to maintain the store. Employees are not well paid, nor are they well treated by corporate. Most employees are part time, which means minimum wage and no benefits, which does not encourage store loyalty. Joann frequently employs people with little fabric or crafting knowledge, customers get frustrated and shop elsewhere. There is SO much made in China crap, and very little made in the USA merchandise. With over 70 years in business and over 830 stores, you would think that the current owners would have learned something by now.

    • Jo 2 years ago
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      Ellen, I agree with you 100%. Thank you for your comments, I could not have put it any better.

  23. Ellen 2 years ago
    Reply

    When the Leesburg store first opened, it was fantastic. Plenty of employees, always well stocked, fantastic selection. BUT, as with all Joann stores, allotted hours are determined by sales quotas. With fewer employees comes poor customer service. The few employees left haven’t got time to maintain the store. Employees are not well paid, nor are they well treated by corporate. Most employees are part time, which means minimum wage and no benefits, which does not encourage store loyalty. Joann frequently employs people with little fabric or crafting knowledge, customers get frustrated and shop elsewhere. There is SO much made in China crap, and very little made in the USA merchandise. With over 70 years in business and over 830 stores, you would think that the current owners would have learned something by now.

    • Jo 2 years ago
      Reply

      Ellen, I agree with you 100%. Thank you for your comments, I could not have put it any better.

  24. Ellen 2 years ago
    Reply

    When the Leesburg store first opened, it was fantastic. Plenty of employees, always well stocked, fantastic selection. BUT, as with all Joann stores, allotted hours are determined by sales quotas. With fewer employees comes poor customer service. The few employees left haven’t got time to maintain the store. Employees are not well paid, nor are they well treated by corporate. Most employees are part time, which means minimum wage and no benefits, which does not encourage store loyalty. Joann frequently employs people with little fabric or crafting knowledge, customers get frustrated and shop elsewhere. There is SO much made in China crap, and very little made in the USA merchandise. With over 70 years in business and over 830 stores, you would think that the current owners would have learned something by now.

    • Jo 2 years ago
      Reply

      Ellen, I agree with you 100%. Thank you for your comments, I could not have put it any better.

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