Hobby Lobby craft store coming to Hermitage

An architect’s rendering of the future Hobby Lobby craft store in Hermitage.

HERMITAGE – Hobby Lobby said it plans to open its Hermitage store in early February.

In July, the Oklahoma City-based craft and home decor supplier said it would open a Hermitage store at the former Michael’s craft store building in the Hermitage Town Square plaza at 3380 E State St. The store had been a Pat Catan’s craft store then briefly was converted into a Michael’s after that chain bought Pat Catan’s.

The Hobby Lobby store will employ around 35 to 50 and pay $17 an hour for full-time workers and $11 an hour for part-time, the company said in a news release.

Hobby Lobby has 22 Pennsylvania stores and 900 nationwide. The chain boasts it’s the nation’s largest privately-owned arts and crafts retailer offering more than 70,000 products such as baskets, fabrics and scrapbooking supplies.

The company was started in 1970 as Greco, a miniature picture framing business by David Green.

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