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Hobby Lobby opening on the West Shore

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A new Hobby Lobby store will open next summer at 5600 Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township, Cumberland County.
A new Hobby Lobby store will open next summer at 5600 Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township, Cumberland County. - (Photo / )

A retail redevelopment project in Hampden Township has attracted another big name: Hobby Lobby.

The national crafts retailer plans to open its first Cumberland County location next June at the site of the former Kmart store at 5600 Carlisle Pike, a company spokesman said.

Pomegranate Real Estate, which manages the retail center, announced plans earlier this year to bring in Marshalls, HomeGoods and Stein Mart to the site.

"We are always looking for new locations to better serve our customers," said Bob Miller, a spokesman for Hobby Lobby, which is based in Oklahoma. "With the positive response we've received from customers in our 12 Pennsylvania stores, we believe Mechanicsburg is an excellent location."

The chain has more than 750 stores across the country. It also is in the process of opening a store in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County. That store is expected to open Sept. 4, Miller said.

Hobby Lobby bills itself as the world's largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer in the world, with about 32,000 employees at stores in 47 states.

The Cumberland County store is expected to create 35 to 50 jobs.

Retail center news

Stein Mart, an upscale, boutique-style department store chain based in Florida, plans to open its Cumberland County store on Oct. 19, the chain announced last week.

The company has stores in the Lehigh Valley and near Philadelphia.

Retail discounter Marshalls and HomeGoods, a chain of discount home-furnishing stores, are sister companies of T.J. Maxx. Opening dates for those stores haven't been announced.

A spokeswoman for Pomegranate was not immediately available for comment. The company previously said on its website that the three stores would open in the third quarter.

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Robin Agerton August 8, 2017 10:01 am

Not One American Dollar
Bob Miller, a spokesman for Hobby Lobby, based in Oklahoma told Central Penn Business Journal "With the positive response we've received from customers in our 12 Pennsylvania stores, we believe Mechanicsburg is an excellent location."
Hobby Lobby, the national arts-and-crafts supply chain, illegally imported thousands of ancient relics from the Middle East, according to the Justice Department. Importing Iraqi cultural property into the U.S. was banned in 2004. After being given clear guidelines by an antiquities law expert, Hobby Lobby owner’s the Green family participated in and perpetuated the same market from which ISIS profits, shipping antiquities to the company’s headquarters in Oklahoma City labeled as ‘samples’ to cover their tracks.
The black market in illicit antiquities from the Middle East can be traced back to real-world violence and terrorism. When ISIS antiquities dealer, record keeper and financial kingpin Abu Sayyaf was killed by U.S. Special Forces in 2015, American soldiers discovered hundreds of precious antiquities stored in his compound.
Just last month, Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition finally retook Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, after a brutal nine-month campaign. Hobby Lobby’s participation perpetuated black market sales benefiting terrorist organizations like ISIS. The fight to retake Raqqa, the ISIS makeshift capital, is ongoing now, with Syrian militia pressing the fight, again with U.S. support,
Under these circumstances, Pennsylvanians response to a local Hobby Lobby may not be very positive. And many Mechanicsburg residents will not give Hobby Lobby one American dollar.
not one.

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