Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores will open in Washington this Friday, Oct. 4, at 1976 Charlotte’s Way Drive in the new Phoenix Center II development.

The chain is a leading fabric and craft specialty retailer.

The grand opening of the new location is set for Thursday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Oct. 19.

From sewing and quilting to knitting, jewelry-making, scrapbooking and more, this store offers a range of crafting, floral and seasonal accessories, an extensive selection of fabrics for apparel, quilting, and home decorating, as well as many home decor items.

“As we open this new store, we are pleased to offer our sewing and crafting customers more of what they want — exciting new product lines, higher quality fabrics, better in-store presentations, and regionalized product offerings,” said Travis Smith, CEO and president of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.

“The passion and expertise of our store team members, combined with insightful product demonstrations and project inspiration, will make this new store a one-stop creative destination in this community,” Smith said.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place 15 minutes prior to the 9 a.m. store opening with Mayor Sandy Lucy.

Other activities during the three-day grand opening celebration include $500 gift card giveaways (one per day), a mystery giveaway in which the first 100 guests each day will receive a gift card ranging from $10 to $250; sales and savings throughout the store, a free reusable tote bag givaway for customers who spend $20 or more (while supplies last);

Teacher appreciation day, where teachers receive 20 percent off their total purchase with a current teacher ID, creative demonstrations each day at 11 a.m., open house for classes Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., class specials, and a kids “Make It-Take It” Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last.

Inspired to Help

In celebration of this new location, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores will make a donation to support local education.

One school in the community will receive a $2,000 grant which will be used to fund the educational project of its choosing.

In addition, coin boxes are located near store cash registers to collect donations to support the American Heart Association.

The AHA continues to be a significant recipient of Jo-Ann giving.

The company, team members and customers provided more than $142,000 to the AHA through the coin box donations and various campaigns in 2012.

The new store will participate in merchandise donation programs to benefit national nonprofit partners including The Kids in Need Foundation.

“As a proud community supporter, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is pleased to be able to make an impact locally – not only during our grand opening celebrations, but in our ongoing efforts,” Smith said.