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Hobby Lobby prepares to open new store in Rutland, first location in Vermont


RUTLAND - Hobby Lobby Stores, a privately held national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, is set to open a new store in Rutland. Construction and renovations have begun on this 47,000 square-foot building formerly occupied by Hannaford, located at S. Main Street and Curtis Avenue.
This is Hobby Lobby's first location in Vermont, which is projected to open in the middle of March. The location will bring about 35-50 jobs to the community paying $14 per hour for full time and $9.50 per hour for part-time associates.  
"We are excited to bring our unique store to the community. Customers new to Hobby Lobby are pleasantly surprised at the size of the store as well as the crafts and home decor selection of merchandise we carry. Shopping at Hobby Lobby is a truly unrivalled experience in value and service," stated John Schumacher, assistant vice president of advertising.
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, began as Greco, a miniature picture frames company in 1970. When David Green moved his business from the family's garage to a 300 square foot retail space in 1972, Hobby Lobby was founded. Today, Hobby Lobby has nearly 600 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet in size. Departments include floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.