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Arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby coming to Hagerstown this fall

Store expected to bring 35 to 50 jobs

June 26, 2012

HAGERSTOWN — Hobby Lobby, a national arts and crafts chain, will open a new store in Hagerstown this fall, marking its fourth location in Maryland, the company said in a news release.

Projected to open in October, the store is expected to bring about 35 to 50 jobs to the area, paying at least $13 per hour for full-time employees and $9 per hour for part-time associates, the release said.

The 48,000-square-foot store will be in renovated space in the Valley Park Commons shopping center on Wesel Boulevard, near the intersection with Halfway Boulevard off Interstate 81, the release said.

The former storefronts of Just Cabinets, Office Depot and Hollywood Video will be renovated for the new Hobby Lobby store, the release said.

“We are continuing to establish ourselves in Maryland, and Hagerstown is a perfect location,” John Schumacher, assistant vice president of advertising, said in the release. “Its locale is between two major highways ... within an hour of Rockville, Md., and about 10 minutes from the Pennsylvania border.

“Adding new jobs and revitalizing empty facilities enables us to become an integral part of the community while sharing in the growth of the city and the state.”

“We feel that the market is underserved (in Hagerstown) and that we can bring a very unique shopping experience to the area,” Hobby Lobby spokesman Vince Parker wrote in an email. “We are looking forward to becoming part of the community.”

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. started as an outgrowth of Greco Products, a miniatures picture frame company founded in a garage by David Green in 1970.

Today, Hobby Lobby has more than 500 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet in size.

The company offers more than 67,000 crafting and home decor products in 13 departments including floral, fabric, needlework, picture framing, baskets, home accents, arts and crafts, wearable art, jewelry, scrapbooking supplies and seasonal items.

“We offer the widest variety of crafting supplies you will find in one location with new merchandise arriving all the time with an additional 30,000 Christmas and seasonal items that our store will open up with,” Parker wrote.

Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sundays.

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— C.J. Lovelace

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