Hobby Lobby has recently confirmed that it will be opening its new location in the Flagstaff Mall in late August.
Hobby Lobby said it had begun construction the new 60,000 square foot location in the building formerly occupied by Sears on U.S. 89, according to a media release. Hobby Lobby is a chain of home decor and arts and crafts stores with locations across the United States.
Rhino Holdings Flagstaff LLC formerly purchased the location from Sears for $4.5 million, according to the Coconino County Assessor's website. The sale of the location to Rhino Holdings closed in July 2019.
News of the chain coming to Flagstaff was first learned by the Arizona Daily Sun when the chain was listed on Rhino Holdings' website as a tenant at the location. The website also showed a 5,618 square-foot unit for another tenant and a plan to construct a new building in the parking lot across from Marketplace Drive from Safeway's parking lot.
Hobby Lobby said the location will bring about 35–50 jobs to the community that pay $15.70 per hour for full-time and $13.00 per hour for part-time associates. The company currently has 20 locations in Arizona.
Kelly Black, director of advertising, said many new and returning customers are excited about the new location.
“The success of our stores in Arizona is a good indicator that Flagstaff shoppers will be pleased with the quality, selection and value we offer in the craft and home decor market,” Black said.
The company did not respond to multiple attempts for comment about the new Flagstaff location.
Rhino Holdings website also shows it owns 24 other properties across the western United States, including in California, Washington and New Mexico. One other location in Wyoming shows a Hobby Lobby opening in January 2020, with four of the company’s locations being either former Sears or Kmart locations. Both stores closed many locations following the bankruptcy of Sears Holdings Corporation in 2018.
The Flagstaff store will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with stores closed on Sunday.
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