About JO-ANN STORES, LLC

Jo-Ann Stores has the fabric store market all sewn up. It's the #1 fabric retailer (ahead of Hancock Fabrics) nationwide, operating more than 850 stores in 49 states. The company sells a variety of fabrics and sewing supplies, craft materials, frames, home decorations, artificial floral items, and seasonal goods. Most of its small-format stores (averaging 15,000 sq. ft.) are located in strip mall shopping centers and operate under the name Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft. The company also operates large-format Jo-Ann superstores (36,000 sq. ft. on average) and an e-commerce site, Joann.com. The company is owned by acquisitive private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners.

Geographic Reach

Based in Ohio, the company operates fabric retail shops nationwide under the banner names Jo-Ann and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft. Jo-Ann Stores’ three distribution centers are in Hudson, Ohio; Visalia, California; and Opelika, Alabama.

Operations

The company's 850-plus retail stores are supported by distribution centers located in Alabama, California, and Ohio. Jo-Ann Stores rings up all of its sales in the US. Its stores showcase more than 100,000 moderately priced items that are used in sewing, crafting, and home-decorating projects.

Sales and Marketing

Jo-Ann Stores sells its products through its nationwide network of stores, distribution centers, and online.

Strategy

Initially prompted by the recent recession, changes in consumer behavior are helping Jo-Ann Stores stay on top in the fabric retailing business. Families spending more time together and making their own gifts and clothes is a trend that continues today.

Jo-Ann Stores is in growth mode under new ownership. The retailer has expanded its footprint, particularly in Washington and Michigan, by opening new stores. In 2014 the company had plans to open another 65 stores.

That year, the company and Craft Retail Group (CRG), part of UK-based Ideal Shopping Direct, teamed up to launch CRG’s Create and Craft TV shopping format in the US. 

To bolster its online and mobile business, Jo-Ann Stores has also enlisted the help of Demandware Commerce to strengthen its digital e-commerce strategy. It's tapping Demandware's cloud-based infrastructure to meet improved operational and performance metrics.

E-commerce is another key business channel for Jo-Ann Stores. It works to keep the site fresh by regularly adding new products, implementing more targeted marketing campaigns, and upgrading website technology and user pages. Its marketing efforts include blogs and customer idea galleries.

To stay ahead of rivals, Jo-Ann Stores has partnered with celebrities. It has teamed up with Tori Spelling to launch the Styled by Tori Spelling line of fashion jewelry, the first licensed jewelry line to be carried by Jo-Ann Stores. Previously, it launched the Christie Brinkley Home collection of organic cotton and other eco-friendly fabrics.

Ownership

Private equity firm  Leonard Green & Partners took Jo-Ann Stores private in 2011, paying $1.6 billion (roughly $61 a share) in cash. The fabrics retailer wasn't actively marketing itself when the offer came along. Now part of the private equity investor's portfolio, Jo-Ann Stores has accelerated its expansion plans by upgrading its stores amid increased competition with crafts retailer  Michaels.

- Show Less + Show Full Description

Company News and Press Releases

- Show Less + Show More News and Press Releases

JO-ANN STORES, LLC

5555 Darrow Rd
Hudson, OH 44236-4054
Phone: 1 (330) 656-2600
Fax: 1 (330) 463-6716
www.joann.com

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • President and CEO: Jill Soltau
  • President and CEO: Jill Soltau
  • Chairman: Darrell D. Webb

Major Office Locations

  • Hudson, OH

Other Locations

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Juneau, AK
  • Soldotna, AK
  • Wasilla, AK
  • Florence, AL
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Mobile, AL
  • Opelika, AL
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Avondale, AZ
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Peoria, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Yuma, AZ
  • Alhambra, CA
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Buena Park, CA
  • Chico, CA
  • Chino, CA
  • Colma, CA
  • Concord, CA
  • Corona, CA
  • Corte Madera, CA
  • Cupertino, CA
  • Dublin, CA
  • El Cajon, CA
  • El Centro, CA
  • El Cerrito, CA
  • El Toro, CA
  • Elk Grove, CA
  • Escondido, CA
  • Eureka, CA
  • Folsom, CA
  • Fremont, CA
  • Hemet, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • La Canada, CA
  • La Verne, CA
  • Laguna Hills, CA
  • Lemon Grove, CA
  • Livermore, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Merced, CA
  • Modesto, CA
  • Morgan Hill, CA
  • Mountain View, CA
  • National City, CA
  • Northridge, CA
  • Oceanside, CA
  • Ontario, CA
  • Orange, CA
  • Oxnard, CA
  • Palmdale, CA
  • Pittsburg, CA
  • Placentia, CA
  • Poway, CA
  • Rancho Mirage, CA
  • Redlands, CA
  • Redwood City, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Rohnert Park, CA
  • Roseville, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Mateo, CA
  • Santa Clarita, CA
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Simi Valley, CA
  • Stockton, CA
  • Temecula, CA
  • Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Torrance, CA
  • Vacaville, CA
  • Visalia, CA
  • Whittier, CA
  • Woodland, CA
  • Woodland Hills, CA
  • Yorba Linda, CA
  • Yuba City, CA
  • Aurora, CO
  • Boulder, CO
  • Centennial, CO
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Greeley, CO
  • Loveland, CO
  • Montrose, CO
  • Northglenn, CO
  • Pueblo, CO
  • Clinton, CT
  • Hamden, CT
  • Manchester, CT
  • Milford, CT
  • Newington, CT
  • Norwich, CT
  • Waterbury, CT
  • Waterford, CT
  • Christiana, DE
  • Dover, DE
  • Altamonte Springs, FL
  • Atlantic Beach, FL
  • Boynton Beach, FL
  • Brandon, FL
  • Cutler Bay, FL
  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Dunedin, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Jensen Beach, FL
  • Kissimmee, FL
  • Lady Lake, FL
  • Lakeland, FL
  • Margate, FL
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Ocala, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Panama City, FL
  • Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Pompano Beach, FL
  • Port Charlotte, FL
  • Port Richey, FL
  • Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Sanford, FL
  • Spring Hill, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tavares, FL
  • Venice, FL
  • Vero Beach, FL
  • Wellington, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Winter Garden, FL
  • Winter Haven, FL
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • Athens, GA
  • Augusta, GA
  • Columbus, GA
  • Conyers, GA
  • Douglasville, GA
  • Duluth, GA
  • Fayetteville, GA
  • Gainesville, GA
  • Kennesaw, GA
  • Macon, GA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Snellville, GA
  • Ames, IA
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Davenport, IA
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Dubuque, IA
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Waterloo, IA
  • Boise, ID
  • Coeur D Alene, ID
  • Moscow, ID
  • Nampa, ID
  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Algonquin, IL
  • Arlington Heights, IL
  • Bloomington, IL
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Carbondale, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Countryside, IL
  • Crestwood, IL
  • Darien, IL
  • Decatur, IL
  • Fairview Heights, IL
  • Freeport, IL
  • Galesburg, IL
  • Geneva, IL
  • Homewood, IL
  • Joliet, IL
  • Lake Zurich, IL
  • Mchenry, IL
  • Naperville, IL
  • Niles, IL
  • Orland Park, IL
  • Peoria, IL
  • Peru, IL
  • Quincy, IL
  • Round Lake Beach, IL
  • Vernon Hills, IL
  • Wheaton, IL
  • Anderson, IN
  • Angola, IN
  • Clarksville, IN
  • Columbus, IN
  • Evansville, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Greenwood, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Marion, IN
  • Mishawaka, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Plymouth, IN
  • Richmond, IN
  • Schererville, IN
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Vincennes, IN
  • Manhattan, KS
  • Salina, KS
  • Shawnee Mission, KS
  • Topeka, KS
  • Wichita, KS
  • Florence, KY
  • Frankfort, KY
  • Lexington, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Metairie, LA
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Slidell, LA
  • Burlington, MA
  • East Walpole, MA
  • Hadley, MA
  • Hanover, MA
  • Holyoke, MA
  • Hyannis, MA
  • Leominster, MA
  • Ludlow, MA
  • Methuen, MA
  • Middleton, MA
  • Milford, MA
  • Natick, MA
  • North Attleboro, MA
  • North Billerica, MA
  • North Dartmouth, MA
  • Pittsfield, MA
  • Raynham, MA
  • Saugus, MA
  • Shrewsbury, MA
  • Swansea, MA
  • Tyngsboro, MA
  • West Roxbury, MA
  • Westford, MA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bel Air, MD
  • Brandywine, MD
  • California, MD
  • Cockeysville, MD
  • Columbia, MD
  • Cumberland, MD
  • Easton, MD
  • Frederick, MD
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • Greenbelt, MD
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Owings Mills, MD
  • Severna Park, MD
  • Westminster, MD
  • Auburn, ME
  • Bangor, ME
  • Portland, ME
  • Topsham, ME
  • Waterville, ME
  • Adrian, MI
  • Allen Park, MI
  • Alpena, MI
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Auburn Hills, MI
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Benton Harbor, MI
  • Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Brighton, MI
  • Burton, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Essexville, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Fort Gratiot, MI
  • Grosse Pointe, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Jackson, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Lapeer, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • Norton Shores, MI
  • Novi, MI
  • Owosso, MI
  • Petoskey, MI
  • Portage, MI
  • Rochester Hills, MI
  • Roseville, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Shelby Township, MI
  • Taylor, MI
  • Traverse City, MI
  • Ypsilanti, MI
  • Alexandria, MN
  • Austin, MN
  • Baxter, MN
  • Bemidji, MN
  • Edina, MN
  • Hibbing, MN
  • Hopkins, MN
  • Hutchinson, MN
  • Maple Grove, MN
  • Maplewood, MN
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Rochester, MN
  • Saint Cloud, MN
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Ballwin, MO
  • Belton, MO
  • Crystal City, MO
  • Independence, MO
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Osage Beach, MO
  • Saint Joseph, MO
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Springfield, MO
  • Jackson, MS
  • Meridian, MS
  • Tupelo, MS
  • Bozeman, MT
  • Butte, MT
  • Great Falls, MT
  • Helena, MT
  • Kalispell, MT
  • Missoula, MT
  • Asheville, NC
  • Cary, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Mooresville, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Rocky Mount, NC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • Bismarck, ND
  • Fargo, ND
  • Grand Forks, ND
  • Minot, ND
  • Belmont, NH
  • Concord, NH
  • Hooksett, NH
  • Keene, NH
  • Lebanon, NH
  • Nashua, NH
  • Newington, NH
  • Rochester, NH
  • Seabrook, NH
  • Colonia, NJ
  • Deptford, NJ
  • Mount Holly, NJ
  • Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Ramsey, NJ
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Woodbury, NJ
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Farmington, NM
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Carson City, NV
  • Henderson, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Reno, NV
  • Albany, NY
  • Amherst, NY
  • Amsterdam, NY
  • Batavia, NY
  • Blasdell, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Centereach, NY
  • Clay, NY
  • Clifton Park, NY
  • Cortland, NY
  • Fayetteville, NY
  • Holbrook, NY
  • Horseheads, NY
  • Kingston, NY
  • Lakewood, NY
  • Malone, NY
  • Middletown, NY
  • New Hartford, NY
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • Ogdensburg, NY
  • Olean, NY
  • Penfield, NY
  • Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Rochester, NY
  • Vestal, NY
  • Westbury, NY
  • Akron, OH
  • Ashtabula, OH
  • Chillicothe, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Defiance, OH
  • Dublin, OH
  • East Liverpool, OH
  • Findlay, OH
  • Fremont, OH
  • Lancaster, OH
  • Lima, OH
  • Marietta, OH
  • Marion, OH
  • Medina, OH
  • Mentor, OH
  • Middleburg Heights, OH
  • Newark, OH
  • Niles, OH
  • North Canton, OH
  • North Olmsted, OH
  • Ontario, OH
  • Piqua, OH
  • Reynoldsburg, OH
  • Sandusky, OH
  • Solon, OH
  • Springfield, OH
  • Steubenville, OH
  • Toledo, OH
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Zanesville, OH
  • Lawton, OK
  • Shawnee, OK
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Albany, OR
  • Bend, OR
  • Corvallis, OR
  • Eugene, OR
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Gresham, OR
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Klamath Falls, OR
  • Lincoln City, OR
  • Mcminnville, OR
  • Medford, OR
  • Milwaukie, OR
  • North Bend, OR
  • Ontario, OR
  • Oregon City, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Roseburg, OR
  • Springfield, OR
  • The Dalles, OR
  • Tigard, OR
  • Altoona, PA
  • Belle Vernon, PA
  • Bridgeville, PA
  • Butler, PA
  • Carlisle, PA
  • Chambersburg, PA
  • Cranberry, PA
  • Cranberry Township, PA
  • Downingtown, PA
  • Du Bois, PA
  • Erie, PA
  • Fairless Hills, PA
  • Glen Mills, PA
  • Greensburg, PA
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Hermitage, PA
  • Indiana, PA
  • Johnstown, PA
  • Lancaster, PA
  • Lebanon, PA
  • Lemoyne, PA
  • Meadville, PA
  • Monroeville, PA
  • Norristown, PA
  • North Wales, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Quakertown, PA
  • Scranton, PA
  • Southampton, PA
  • Springfield, PA
  • State College, PA
  • Washington, PA
  • Wayne, PA
  • Whitehall, PA
  • Wilkes Barre, PA
  • Williamsport, PA
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • York, PA
  • Warwick, RI
  • Columbia, SC
  • Florence, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • West Columbia, SC
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Franklin, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Madison, TN
  • Mount Juliet, TN
  • Sevierville, TN
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Arlington, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Beaumont, TX
  • Bryan, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Frisco, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Humble, TX
  • Hurst, TX
  • Lewisville, TX
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Mesquite, TX
  • New Braunfels, TX
  • Plano, TX
  • Rockwall, TX
  • Round Rock, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Spring, TX
  • Stafford, TX
  • Sugar Land, TX
  • Webster, TX
  • Cedar City, UT
  • Centerville, UT
  • Draper, UT
  • Logan, UT
  • Ogden, UT
  • Orem, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Spanish Fork, UT
  • Taylorsville, UT
  • Bluefield, VA
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Chesapeake, VA
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Falls Church, VA
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • Leesburg, VA
  • Midlothian, VA
  • Newport News, VA
  • Sterling, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Warrenton, VA
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • Winchester, VA
  • Rutland, VT
  • Saint Albans, VT
  • South Burlington, VT
  • Arlington, WA
  • Auburn, WA
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Bellingham, WA
  • Clarkston, WA
  • East Wenatchee, WA
  • Everett, WA
  • Federal Way, WA
  • Kennewick, WA
  • Kent, WA
  • Lynnwood, WA
  • Olympia, WA
  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Port Orchard, WA
  • Puyallup, WA
  • Renton, WA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Shoreline, WA
  • Silverdale, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Tukwila, WA
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Walla Walla, WA
  • Yakima, WA
  • Beloit, WI
  • Brookfield, WI
  • Cudahy, WI
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Greenfield, WI
  • Janesville, WI
  • Kenosha, WI
  • Lake Geneva, WI
  • Madison, WI
  • Menomonee Falls, WI
  • Mount Pleasant, WI
  • Pewaukee, WI
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Watertown, WI
  • Wausau, WI
  • Barboursville, WV
  • Beckley, WV
  • Bridgeport, WV
  • Dunbar, WV
  • Parkersburg, WV
- Show Less + Show More

Get Our Career Newsletter

Interview, resume and job search tips emailed directly to you.