As the year rolls on, and the digital age progresses, it's getting harder and harder for brick-and-mortar retailers.

Why go to a store when you can have whatever your heart desires delivered right to your doorstep in record time?

The convenience is amazing but there are circumstances where going to a store is an advantage.

For example, I've never understood how people can make big furniture purchases online.

Sure, browsing shapes and colors is easy with in-depth dimensions and various views and angles on a site but what about the most important factor, feel?

The Importance of the 'Feel Factor.'


Feel. That's what will keep OG stores alive even as digital continues to take over.

You can't feel something while you're shopping online. At least not yet.

It's easy to go to a store and shop look and feel all in one.

If you need to purchase a stapler, Amazon is probably a safe bet.

If you're like me and are in the market for a new mattress, you must test it out in the showroom. Again, you've got to make sure the feel is perfect.

Still, convenience seems to always win in the end.

Getting 'Crafty' Has Never Been Easier.

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Thanks to big box stores like Walmart and Target, getting decent craft supplies has never been easier.

Craft enthusiasts know that there are only a handful of retailers that offer "the good stuff."

Joann Fabrics is one of them.

Joann stores have been around for over 80 years and have become a destination for fabrics and craft supplies. There are over 800 stores in 49 states.

In New Jersey, there are 11 locations in:

I remember doing the grand opening for the Toms River store and it was a big event with a line out the door on day one.

Sadly, Joann is in financial trouble and is reportedly going to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as early as this week.

While Chapter 11 doesn't always mean a company is going under for good, it is often the first step in securing money to pay out leases and properly close stores.

It's always a possibility that another entity will buy Joann out, but it is not looking very good at the moment.

Here are some other New Jersey stores that could be history this year.

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