Officials at Hobby Lobby Inc., a national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, confirmed plans Wednesday to open a store in Altus in 2018.
Though a grand opening date has not been set, the location in Altus is expected to bring 35 to 50 jobs to the community paying $15.35 per hour for full-time and $10.23 per hour for part-time associates, according to Bob Miller, Hobby Lobby communications coordinator.
Zerby Interest’s Principal Caleb Hill confirmed that the craft store will open in the building at 1700 N. Main St. in Altus formerly owned by Hastings Entertainment before the company closed permanently in October 2016. The building was purchased by Zerby of Oklahoma City nearly a year ago.
“We’re excited about the move,” Hill said, “We’ve purchased the entire building.”
Currently, Hobby Lobby has 22 stores in Oklahoma, and when the store in Altus opens, it will be joining a chain of more than 700 stores across the U.S., the nation’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer, according to Miller.
“We have had our eye on Altus for a while. The closest location is in Lawton and a new Elk City store opens Jan. 2. But both of those stores are more than 50 miles away,” Miller said. “We have some loyal customers in the area and we look forward to getting the doors open and becoming a part of the community.”
But opening a new store in Altus isn’t the only way Hobby Lobby will connect with the community. David Green, Hobby Lobby’s founder, grew up in Altus where he attained firsthand retail experience while working at McClellan’s five-and-dime on Hudson Street.
“It was a formative time,” Miller said. “And many of the lessons he learned there are still serving him well today.”
Each store offers 75,000 crafting and home decor products. The stores hours are already set. Hobby Lobby will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and as all other locations, closed on Sunday.
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