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LA MESA -- Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, is set to open a new store in La Mesa at the site of the old Linens 'n Things store just off Jackson Drive near Grossmont Boulevard.
This chain made national headlines last year when it challenged the Affordable Care Act's provision that the company's devout christian owners felt forced them to abandon their religious beliefs in supplying contraceptive services through company supported health care.
Construction and renovations on the new La Mesa store (photo above is an Ohio store) have begun on this 43,000 square-foot building.
This is Hobby Lobby’s 28th location in California, which is projected to open at the beginning of May. The location will bring about 35–50 jobs to the community paying $15 per hour for full-time and $10 per hour for part-time associates.
“The success of our stores in California is a good indicator that area shoppers will be pleased with the quality, selection and value we offer in the craft and home decor market.
New customers and customers already familiar with the Hobby Lobby shopping experience are greatly anticipating this store opening,” stated John Schumacher, Assistant Vice President of Advertising.
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, began as Greco, a miniature picture frames company in 1970. When David Green moved his business from the family’s garage to a 300 square foot retail space in 1972, Hobby Lobby was founded.
Today, Hobby Lobby has over 650 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet in size. This major Oklahoma City-based private corporation offers more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products in its stores. Departments include floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.
For more information about Hobby Lobby, our weekly specials, coupon offers, store locations and online shopping, visit our website at www.hobbylobby.com, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hobbylobby.
The opening of this new store fills what had been a long standing hole in local retail space that began when the economic downturn closed several stores in that strip across I-8 from Grossmont Center. With the addition of Hobby Lobby and the Wal-Mart supermarket as well as Ross Dress For Less, that center with Toys R Us is back in business.