Hobby Lobby Coming To La Mesa

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.

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Comment by Jimmy Sanders on March 27, 2015 at 8:15am

I challenge Mother Jenny and Saint Gino put their money where their holier than thou mouths are and open their own ethical hobby store to compete with Hobby Lobby.

Comment by Jimmy Sanders on March 26, 2015 at 3:05pm

And the nice thing is Gene has the choice to not shop at Hobby Lobby. That leaves more stuff more me. Thanks Gino, ol' boy!

Comment by Jenn Nipper on March 26, 2015 at 1:12pm

Ha!  Gene, I love that photo - hypocrisy at it's best.

Comment by Kevin G George on March 26, 2015 at 11:03am
Comment by Gene Carpenter on March 26, 2015 at 9:30am

Comment by Jimmy Sanders on March 23, 2015 at 11:49am

Welcome Hobby Lobby. I hope to see a Chic-fil-A soon too in La Mesa!

Comment by Kevin G George on March 23, 2015 at 10:26am

It's so nice to read that the tolerant, inclusive and freedom loving progressive members of our community are welcoming with open arms this business that will employ 50 taxpaying Americans.

Comment by Batman on March 21, 2015 at 5:14pm

I will be first in line when they open. I just have to decide what I am going to buy. Maybe I'll just browse first.

Comment by Jenn Nipper on March 20, 2015 at 12:05pm

Last thing I need to see is these women hating bigots coming into our fair city.  Boycott.

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