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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft to open in Grants Pass

GRANTS PASS — Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores will open in the former Gottschalks department store location at the Grants Pass Shopping Center later this year.

The 16,500-square-foot store is expected to have about 20 employees.

The Hudson, Ohio-based chain has more than 770 stores in 49 states, including shops in the Poplar Square shopping center in Medford, Klamath Falls and Roseburg. It has more than 21,000 employees.

The once publicly-traded company was taken private last March when it was acquired by Leonard Green & Partners, a Los Angeles private equity firm, in a cash deal valued at approximately $1.6 billion.

Leonard Green & Partners also owns stakes in other companies with a Southern Oregon presence: Cascade Bancorp, David's Bridal, Del Taco, Rite-Aid, PETCO, Sports Authority, Big 5 Sporting Goods and FTD Group.

Jo-Ann handles fabrics, sewing and crafts materials as well as lighting, storage and home decor components.

— Greg Stiles