July 06, 2017
Emporia, Kansas residents will soon be able to shop at the new Hobby Lobby store, coming in mid-August.
Construction on the 55,000-square-foot building began in May and is located on Industrial Road and 24th Avenue in the Emporia Pavilions. The store will bring between 35 and 50 new jobs with pay of $15.70 an hour for full-time employees and $10.45 an hour for part-timers.
There are 15 Hobby Lobby locations in the state.
Hobby Lobby Director of Advertising Kelly Black said the success of the other Kansas stores is a good sign that Emporia residents are going to be happy with the store's array of craft and home decor. She said current and new customers of Hobby Lobby are fervently awaiting the opening of the store.
There are over 750 Hobby Lobby stores in the U.S., with each one providing over 70,000 home decor and crafting products such as needle art, baskets, arts and crafts, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies, wearable art, etc.
The Emporia store will operate Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The business closes its stores on Sundays.
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is an Oklahoma City-based company that was started in 1970 under the name Greco, which was a mini-picture frame business. In 1972, company owner David Green moved it out of the family garage into a 300 square-foot retail space. Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts and crafts business in the U.S.