Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 27, 2014

Hobby Lobby officially cuts ribbon at mall

BLUEFIELD — Hobby Lobby in Bluefield held their grand opening and ribbon cutting Monday morning.

Crafters were busy browsing the store at the wide selection of different home decor and craft items.

Chessney Miller, of Honaker, Va., was busy picking out items to redecorate her house.

“They have such a wide selection of everything I was looking for and I am so happy they have finally opened a store up closer to where we live. I used to drive all the way to Kingsport, Tenn.,” Miller said. “They also have a large variety of yarns that I cannot seem to find anywhere else. I just love the store.”

Debbie Kinsey, director of management ministries, at Hobby Lobby opened the ceremony with a word of prayer.

“Hobby Lobby is a family-owned business and they truly believe that it (the store) is a blessing from God. We want to make sure that God gets the glory,” Kinsey said.

Kinsey said that the company always opens a store with prayer and it has always been well received in every city.

Hobby Lobby had a soft opening on May 21.

John Chmiel, district manager of Hobby Lobby, said, “This was a market we were looking at. West Virginia has been fantastic for us.”

Chmiel said sales  has been fantastic  and exceeding their expectations.

Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce President Marc Meacham said, Hobby Lobby has a reputation of having the best operations in the nation.

“We are delighted to be a part of it. Now people can stay in Bluefield to shop instead of having to go to Beckley or other places,” Meacham said. “The store also helps to fill a void in the mall and provides jobs to about 65 people.”

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