Hobby Lobby signs lease deal
by Ron Harris
Apr 16, 2014 | 6179 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A national retailer specializing in crafts and home décor has officially signed a lease to open its newest store in Jasper.

Hobby Lobby is projected to open a 55,000-square-foot store in the renovated Jasper Square shopping center before the end of 2014, company officials said in a press release issued Tuesday. When the store opens in Jasper, it will be the 19th Hobby Lobby to open in Alabama,

“Each new Hobby Lobby location enables us to become an integral part of the community by contributing to increased foot traffic, generating sales tax and adding new jobs,” said John Schumacher, assistant vice president of advertising for Hobby Lobby Stores.

Hobby Lobby, based in Oklahoma City, Okla., will bring between 35 and 50 jobs to Jasper, with starting pay at $15 per hour for full-time workers and $10 per hour for part-time associates.

The company was founded in 1970 by David Green as a miniature picture frame business called Greco. In 1972, Green moved the family business from a garage to a 300 square foot retail space and changed its name to Hobby Lobby.

Today, Hobby Lobby has nearly 600 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet in size. The store offers more than 70,000 crafting and home décor products in departments including crafts, wearable art, home accents, frames, fabrics, arts supplies and scrapbooking.

“Although we’ve known about this for quite some time, we’re happy that Hobby Lobby has made it official that they are opening a store here,” said Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey. “We’re so happy to have them coming in as part of our retail community, as well as all the other stores involved in this redevelopment.”

Hobby Lobby will join national retailers T.J Maxx, Petco and Shoe Carnival in the redevelopment of the Jasper Square shopping center.

The store will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.

For more on Hobby Lobby, you can go to the company’s website at www.hobbylobby.com or you can follow the store on Facebook.