Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information regarding the opening date.
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has announced its Sedalia location will open its doors shortly after the first of the new year.
Construction on the Sedalia location, located at West Broadway Boulevard and Curry Street, began late this summer after the store was announced in the early spring. Early projections had the store opening in January, but Hobby Lobby Spokesperson Vince Parker said the grand opening will take place in mid-February, almost a year after the announcement was made at a Sedalia City Council meeting.
“We feel that we can bring a very unique shopping experience to the area. We are looking forward to becoming part of the community,” Parker said via email.
Missouri’s 20th store will be 55,007 square feet, which is the size of an average Hobby Lobby. About 35 to 50 jobs will be added to the community, paying $15.24 per hour for full-time and $10.16 per hour for part-time associates, according to the release.
Parker said Hobby Lobby usually places an ad regarding job application information in the local classifieds about three to four weeks prior to new store openings.
“The store manager and our co-manager usually train in other stores and come with the store,” Parker said. “We always hope to hire anywhere from 30 to 50 local employees in various positions: cashiers, stockers, custom picture framers, office manager, floral designer, ‘department heads’ for the different areas of our store (floral, fabric, needlework, art, hobbies, wearable’s, jewelry, crafts, cards and party, scrapbooking, seasonal and home accents).”
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is owned by the Green family, who started by building mini picture frames in the family’s garage 45 years ago in Oklahoma City and has now expanded into almost 700 arts and crafts stores nationwide, Parker said.
According to the release, the Oklahoma City-based 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.”
Like other stores across the country, the new Sedalia location will offer a custom framing department with framers who “will work with our customer to preserve and display their art, posters and just about anything. The customer comes in and chooses from a vast selection of frames and mat boards to personalize their artwork,” Parker said.
The store will also offer in-store classes, which are selected and scheduled by each individual Hobby Lobby location. Parker said the teachers are not employees of Hobby Lobby, but rather community members who can utilize store classrooms to teach at no charge, but they are required to have their students use products that can be purchased at Hobby Lobby.
Store hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed Sundays.
For more information about Hobby Lobby, visit www.hobbylobby.com or www.facebook.com/hobbylobby.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.