Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 16, 2014

Hobby Lobby: ‘Excited to be in Bluefield’

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — A new arts and crafts store in the Mercer Mall will soon be open to serve crafty customers needs across the region.

Hobby Lobby Stores, a privately held national retail chain of craft & home decor stores, opens in Bluefield with a ribbon cutting ceremony and official grand opening celebration on Monday, May 26, at 9 a.m., according to a press release.

“We provide the leading hobby and craft supplies to the nation and we are excited to be in Bluefield. We are driven by customer service and love learning out customers needs and craft ideas,” Store Manager Patrick Ruff said.

The Hobby Lobby has provided approximately 70 jobs for the area, Ruff said.     

Departments include floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies.

Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce President Marc Meacham said, “we are excited that Hobby Lobby is locating to the area. They are a successful chain of stores and have been nothing but a delight to work with. Hobby Lobby will be a wonderful asset to the mall.”

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., 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. This major Oklahoma City-based private corporation offers more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products in its stores.

“We feel blessed for the fantastic opportunity to be a part of this community. Our goal is for customers to experience the exceptional service, selection and value Hobby Lobby offers as we continue to expand nationwide,” John Schumacher, Assistant Vice President of Advertising said.

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