It's been rumored for a while but now there seems to be evidence that it's more than a rumor.† Wal-Mart had originally planned to eliminate the fabric department when they redesigned the Kingston NY store but low and behold, they kept a fabric department... smaller than the original but at least they were selling real yardage. The Catskill NY store had never had fabric but they brought in pre-cut flat folds.
Now I'm starting to receive email from various parts of the country about fabric departments reappearing in stores they had been removed from. Ligonier PA is one of the stores that I have had a report of a fabric department being put back in the store.
Personally, I am disappointed. The Kingston NY store is across the road from a large Joanns Fabric and Crafts.† There are absolutely no fabric stores anywhere near the Hudson NY store but they removed fabric and there is no sign of it coming back there.† Maybe there is still hope but if they want to meet the needs of the public, they should pay attention to areas with no alternative source of fabric.† So I'll try to remain patient and keep writing to Wal-Mart.
As a whole though, it looks like our buying power is winning and fabric is making it's way back in to the stores.† Keep up the good work my sewing friends... we just may win the battle yet! Please use the comments to let us know the status of fabric in your local Wal-Mart.