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Hobby Lobby to open Lexington store in mid-September

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Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a privately held national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, plans in mid-September to open its new Lexington store, according to a release from the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center.

The 55,000 square-foot store, under construction at Sunset and Palmetto Park boulevards, is expected to provide 35–50 jobs paying $15.70 per hour for full-time and $10.45 per hour for part-time associates.

The store “The success of our stores in South Carolina is a good indicator that Lexington shoppers will be pleased with the quality, selection and value we offer in the craft and home decor market,” Kelly Black, director of advertising, said in a statement. “New customers and customers already familiar with the Hobby Lobby shopping experience are eagerly anticipating this store opening.”

Hobby Lobby has 15 stores in South Carolina and more than 750 locations across the nation. Based in Oklahoma City, Hobby Lobby began as Greco, a miniature picture frame company in 1970. When David Green moved his business from the family garage to a 300 square-foot retail space in 1972, Hobby Lobby was born. It is the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the United States.

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