Fabric store back in mall

Quilters and fabric lovers may be delighted to learn Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is returning to Mesa Mall. After completing extensive renovations, the fabric retailer will move into the mall’s former movie cinema, Colorado West Cinema 4.

The cinema vacated the space in Jan. 2007, according to Mesa Mall spokeswoman Jammie McCloud.

Jo-Ann Fabric enjoyed a long history with Mesa Mall after purchasing House of Fabrics in 1998 and changing its name. Jo-Ann Fabric moved out of its former mall space last August. Boot Barn now occupies the space.

“I think it speaks to the strength of the local economy and Mesa Mall. There are a lot of options and land available for development out there,” McCloud said about the store’s willingness to revamp the 14,258-square-foot former cinema space.

McCloud said construction is under way to level each of the theater floors, fill them in with dirt and top it with a four-inch concrete layer. The store is expected to open in the fall.

Also coming to Mesa Mall is clothing store rue21. The store, which offers reasonably priced fashions for men and women, is one of the stores most in demand in shoppers’ surveys, McCloud said.  It will be the first time that store has opened in the Grand Junction area, McCloud added.

Rue21 will occupy a 5,220-square-foot space between maurice’s and Samuels Jewelers. The store is expected to open in midspring, McCloud said. Meanwhile, maurice’s is expanding its store by nearly 1,300 square feet. The combined construction project of the two stores will take over space formerly occupied by Teddy Bear Stuff ‘N Factory and f.y.e. Those stores closed in January, McCloud said.


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