|Hobby Lobby now open|
|April 02, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Doug Harris/Gering Citizen - Hobby Lobby store manager Ryan DeVos adjusts a floral arrangement at the Hobby Lobby, located at Monument Mall in Scottsbluff. Since the store’s grand opening DeVos said it has been “a madhouse,” but said he was pleased to see so much customer traffic.
The announcement last July that Hobby Lobby would be coming to the area became reality on March 23 as a new store opened in the Monument Mall in Scottsbluff. The remodeling project on the old Walmart building began in January.
Although the official ribbon cutting was March 23, an unofficial “soft” opening on March 20 and 21 brought in large crowds and strong sales.
“We had a great turnout for our opening,” said store manager Ryan DeVos. “Customers really filled the parking lot and the building. It’s been a madhouse ever since.”
Selling art, craft, framing and decorative materials, home décor and seasonal products, Hobby Lobby has become a community-oriented company that helps the local communities where they’re located.
The company was started in 1970 by entrepreneurs David and Barbara Green. Along with their family, they made miniature picture frames in their garage. And in 1972, they opened their first Hobby Lobby store in 300 feet of retail space. And they’ve been growing since.
Today, there are more than 600 stores across the country. Most of them average 55,000 square feet of space. The Scottsbluff Hobby Lobby is 50,000 square feet.
“We’re off to a wonderful start and I think the community is happy to have us here,” DeVos said.
The Scottsbluff-Gering area is the economic hub for the region and Hobby Lobby is expected to be a great draw for anyone interested in creating their own craft projects.