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The Sir’s Fabrics Way

After fighting through the night, the iconic Sir’s Fabrics building collapsed early Sunday morning into a charred skeleton of its original self. You’ve seen coverage of that night from other sources.

With this article, I want to share more than the details of that night. I want to share the impact by the family-owned store that’s been part of Fayetteville for over seventy years.

“I’m sure I’m not the only one that hopes you rebuild or reopen somewhere. Sir’s has been a community icon since you opened your doors. I personally know a homeschooling family that used your classes to help teach the kids how to sew and use sewing machines and they live in Alabama!” – Paula Rufe


Opened in 1948 as a dry goods store, Joe Sir served the community from day one. Everyone I talk with remembers him as a joyful friend always ready to lend a hand.

Throughout the years, Mr. Sir shepherded his store through a shift from dry goods into fabrics. Over many decades, the business grew into one of the oldest and largest fabric stores in the Southeast. Customers came from all over the country to visit and buy fabric from Sir’s. From curtains to dresses, everyone remembers their visit and what their purchase ended up making.

“I can remember Mr. Sir being there when I went with my mother to pick out fabric for my dresses. I have always enjoyed going there over the years. Prayers for your family and employees as you begin to make decisions on what to do next. We all loved Sir’s!” – Tanya Tyler Vann

Throughout the years, the store remained family owned and operated, most recently by Sir’s daughter Carol and her husband Ken Mackay. In the same manner as the store’s namesake, Ken has always stood ready to lend a hand to our community.

On Saturday evening, I found myself in the store just an hour or so before closing. In search of a trash bag, I asked Ken if I could buy one from him. His always helpful self, Ken walked me back to a storage closet to find one, at no cost I should add since he’s generous with even the smallest of things. As he walked back towards the front doors, Ken asked again if he could help out with anything I needed.

That’s Ken. That’s his father-in-law Joe. That’s the Sir’s tradition – always ready to help out our community.

“Sir’s Fabric was more than just a store for all of us. It was an afternoon trip, a girls get-away and our go-to place for fabric and fun. Even if it doesn’t re-open (I do hope it opens again), it would seem as though it will live on. In our kitchens windows, in memories of special dresses made by mothers and grandmothers. In trips to buy fabric for sofas and pillows and costume fabrics for children, grandchildren and adults alike. “ – Jo Ann Harris

Sir’s Fabrics holds a central place in the fabric of Fayetteville itself. The family and employees have given so much. As they start to clear the rubble and rebuild, our community stands ready to help. We do so because it’s the Sir’s Fabrics way.

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