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Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts will return to Glendale

Jo-Ann Fabrics will become a regional superstore, official says.

May 01, 2013|By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com

Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts is coming back to Glendale, moving into the former Albertsons supermarket location on Central Avenue just a few months after the fabric company's original Glendale location was shuttered.

Philip Lanzafame, Glendale's officer for economic development, said the new Jo-Ann Fabrics would be a larger "regional superstore" located at 1000 S. Central Ave.

The store's former location on Orange Street — a longtime fixture for the do-it-yourself set in the area — closed on Jan. 24 because developer Holland Partners Group plans to construct a six-story, 166-unit apartment building on the site.

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Lanzafame said he did not know if Jo-Ann Fabrics has set an opening date for the new store.

Jo-Ann representatives had not returned calls or emails as of Tuesday afternoon.

Lanzafame said the city is happy to see Jo-Ann Fabrics not just move back to Glendale, but expand its presence.

"A superstore such as they'll have there will draw from the region and bring outside shoppers into Glendale," Lanzafame said.

He added that as soon as Albertsons announced the closure of its store on Central, Jo-Ann representatives started negotiating to move into the roughly 34,000-square-foot building.

Last October, Albertsons announced it was closing 228 stores nationwide, including its Central Avenue location.

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