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Hobby Lobby celebrates opening of new store in Hagerstown

October 15, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • A new Hobby Lobby opened Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. From left, Hobby Lobby District Manager Troy Moore, visiting Wesel Germany Burgermeisterin Ulrike Westkamp, Hobby Lobby Store Manager Nate Longworth, and Hagerstown Mayor Robert Bruchey.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Wesel, Germany’s Burgermeister Ulrike Westkamp attended the Hobby Lobby Grand Opening on Wesel Boulevard on Monday morning.

“It was a great pleasure to see how Hagerstown celebrates an opening,” she said. “It was very interesting.”

Westkamp had been in town since Thursday celebrating the 60-year anniversary of the Hagerstown and Wesel sister-city relationship. She was scheduled to leave Hagerstown on Monday afternoon but still showed up for the opening and said she was astonished by how large the store was.

“In our town it is unusual to have such large hobby shops,” she said.

The new 47,000-square-foot Hagerstown store, located at 1580 Wesel Blvd., Suite C, opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday.

Based in Oklahoma City, Hobby Lobby is a retail chain that sells arts and crafts products, especially for decorations. The store employees approximately 65 people.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert Bruchey attended the opening along with Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Brien Poffenberger, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Tom Riford, Hobby Lobby District Manager Troy Moore and Store Manager Nate Longworth.

“This is a growing area, and we felt it would be advantageous to us and the community to put a store here,” he said. “The response has been tremendous by the public.”

This is the first Hobby Lobby to open in Hagerstown, according to Longworth, and he added that it is a great “venture on Hobby Lobby’s part.”

“We as a company are growing and doing our best to serve the communities that we move into,” he said. “We’re looking to add more in the area shortly.”

Area residents immediately began filing into the store after it opened. Inside was free food from Chick-fil-A and a cake celebrating the store’s opening.

Funkstown resident Dottie Gonder, 57, said she had been waiting for the store to open for a while.

“I’ve seen the sign for months and months,” she said. “I think it will fare very well here and give A.C. Moore and Michaels some competition.”

The closest Hobby Lobby to the area before the Hagerstown location was in Chambersburg, Pa., and Gonder said that she had been to that Hobby Lobby before as well as one in Columbia, Md., and was “thrilled with it.”

“Last year I decorated my Christmas tree with Hobby Lobby stuff in Chambersburg,” she said. “They have great prices on their sales, and they have unique things.”

Similar to Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby focuses on religious values, including closing on Sundays.

Martinsburg resident Donna Young, 63, was shopping in the store Monday and had been looking forward to it opening up ever since she saw the sign for it. She added that the first time she went to a Hobby Lobby store was in Abilene, Texas, eight years ago.

“It was the most amazing store I’d ever been to,” she said. “The people here are the friendliest I’ve seen at any retail place.”

The store was already filled with Christmas and Halloween decorations to buy, staying true to the season.
 
Donna Rae, 45, of Martinsburg, said the store is perfect for decorating or making things.

“Everything in here is amazing,” she said. “You can come here everyday and go down every aisle, and you’re still finding new things to make things with.”

The store hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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