Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores' Tifton location has officially opened, with more than 100 people coming out Thursday morning for the grand opening.
Mayor Jamie Cater, who led the ribbon cutting ceremony prior to the opening, told The Tifton Gazette that morning, "Today we celebrate the opening of a much-welcomed store."
He said he went around the building thanking the many people standing in line awaiting the opening of the store.
"That says it all. Our community is very pleased to have Jo-Ann's in Tifton," he said. "This is another benchmark for our city's growth. It looks like this economy is slowly making a comeback, and we thank the Lord for all of our businesses and industries — those that have been here, just got here and those that are coming."
The company presented Cater with a gift bag full of Jo-Ann goodies and G.O. Bailey Primary School with a $2,000 check to help with student initiatives.
That morning, Chris Deroch, Jo-Ann's store manager in Columbus, helped give out 100 scratch-off gift cards, ranging in value from $10 to $250, to customers standing in line, which wrapped around the building. Tifton's store manager is John Mitchell.
The grand opening celebration will continue through Saturday with the following activities: Enter to Win - for the chance to win a $500 Jo-Ann shopping card (Contest open to legal U.S. residents who have reached age of majority. No purchase necessary. See store for complete details and rules); Mystery Giveaway - the first 100 guests each day will receive a Jo-Ann shopping card ranging in value from $10 to $250 (adults only; limit one per customer); Hot Savings – special grand opening sales and offers throughout the store; Free Reusable Tote Bag – customers who spend $20 or more each day will receive a free tote bag (while supplies last); Free Jo-Ann Creative Demonstrations – starting at 11 a.m. today and Saturday; Learn with Jo-Ann – open house for classes from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday (save 50 percent on select classes); and Make It-Take It – kids can make their own craft to take home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (while supplies last).
Also, Mr. Tommy the Musician & Storyteller will be at the store from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. This is an interactive program that gets kids off of their feet as they enjoy sing-a-long songs.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation's leading fabric and craft retailer with locations in 49 states, was founded in 1943 as a single retail store. Today, more than 830 Jo-Ann stores across the country provide consumers with creative inspiration. For additional information, visit www.joann.com/tifton.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.