Hobby Lobby opening on the West Shore
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.
"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.
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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.