Hobby Lobby to open its new store Monday

Workers hang the Hobby Lobby sign on the new building in Rimrock Marketplace off U.S. Highway 6&50. The store will open Monday.

Hobby Lobby will open its new Grand Junction store on U.S. Highway 6&50 on Monday, moving the arts and crafts retailer into a larger space and a higher-traffic area of town.

The new 56,000-square-foot store adjacent to Lowe’s Home Improvement and Sonic Drive-In in Rimrock Marketplace will replace the retailer’s current location at 2401 North Ave. in the Teller Arms Shopping Center.

The North Avenue store, which opened in 1995, will close Saturday night.

Hobby Lobby officials said the relocation will boost the store’s exposure and provide customers with a larger selection of merchandise.

Sarah Rowe, co-manager of the Grand Junction store, said she didn’t know the difference in size between the stores, but the new building will have more aisles.

Rowe said the move has generated mixed reactions from customers.

“Some don’t want us to move. Some are tickled because we’re moving closer to them,” she said.

There’s no doubt, though, about how employees feel.

“We are all excited,” Rowe said.

Hobby Lobby, which employs about 45 people, nearly doubled its work force in preparation for the move to the larger store, although Rowe said she’s not sure how many of the 36 or so new employees will remain with the company.


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