Hobby Lobby coming to Woodbury
The popular arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby will open its first Twin Cities location in Woodbury next year.
“We feel that the market is underserved and that we can bring a very unique shopping experience to the area,” company spokesman Vincent Parker said. “We are looking forward to becoming part of the community.”
Taking over the former Sportsman’s Warehouse location that closed in 2009, Hobby Lobby plans to fill 40,000 square feet with a variety of merchandise from furniture and home accents to birdhouses and arts and crafts supplies.
Parker said the company hopes to hire from 30 to 50 local employees in addition to management coming on from other Hobby Lobby locations.
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., owned by The Green family, started by building mini picture frames in the family’s garage 43 years ago in Oklahoma City.
The company has now expanded into more than 500 arts and crafts stores nationwide including Duluth, Mankato and Rochester.
In addition to the wide array of products, Parker said the company is still holding on to old traditions it started more than four decades ago.
“Yes, those picture frames are still for sale,” he said.
Hobby Lobby vows to offer specials on a regular basis, grouping merchandise that fall within 13 different departments and categories.
“By doing this, all of our customers can find something on sale,” Parker said. “If they cannot find it on sale they can use one of our coupons.”
The store will also have a custom framing department for customers and artists to bring in photos and posters for framing. The store may also offer classes depending on the availability of teachers who are willing to sign up and get on a schedule, Parker said.
Hobby Lobby’s manufacturing facility is based in Oklahoma City where many of the brand candles, soap making supplies, rubber stamps, matt boards, frames and art canvases are made. The plant also has its own print shop that produces wall posters sold in stores.
The company signed a long-term lease on the location off of Hudson Road in Woodbury. An exact opening date has not been determined yet.
“We’re excited to see a space that size finally being occupied by a new tenant,” Woodbury economic development manager Janelle Schmitz said.