Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a privately held national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, is set to open a new store in Defiance.

Construction is underway on this new 51,000 square-foot building formerly occupied by Sears, located near U.S. 24 and off North Clinton Street.

Hobby Lobby currently has 31 locations in Ohio. The Defiance store is projected to open in early to mid-August.

The location will bring about 35–50 jobs to the community paying $15.70 per hour for full-time and $10.45 per hour for part-time associates.

“Once you visit Hobby Lobby, you will see that we are very unique, offering the widest variety of merchandise in the craft and home decor market under one roof,” stated Kelly Black, director of advertising. “We’re tremendously excited about becoming a part of the Defiance community.”

Hobby Lobby has over 850 stores across the nation. Each store offers more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products including floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies.

Store hours in Defiance will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a major Oklahoma City-based corporation began as Greco, a miniature picture frame company in 1970. For more information about Hobby Lobby, weekly specials, coupon offers, store locations and online shopping, visit hobbylobby.com, download the mobile app or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/hobbylobby.

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