Hobby Lobby now open for business

Hobby Lobby — a national chain of craft, decor and hobby stores — opened for business Friday. It’s in James Village at the former Joe’s store near Highway 99 and 196th.

The word has already gotten out. We stopped by on opening day to find a full parking lot and long but fast-moving checkout lines.

The store opened just in time to have a selection of fall decorations marked at 40 percent off. Christmas trees and decorations are already on display.

At least one early review is favorable. One customer posted on Hobby Lobby’s Facebook wall, “I traveled about an hour in Seattle traffic (on a Friday) to the Lynnwood store. It was so worth it! The store was fully stocked and there were tons of staff around to ensure you could find stuff and help you. It was even worth the drive back home south through Seattle in early Friday rush hour traffic.”

All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sundays for religious reasons. According to the company’s website, “this has not been an easy decision for Hobby Lobby because we realize that this decision may cost us financially. Yet we also realize that there are things more important than profits. This is a matter of principle for our company owner and officers.”

  1. I feel very badly for poor little Galaxy Hobby, the small mom-and-pop hobby store that’s been in James Villiage for ages. I wonder how long they will last now that the Wal-Mart of hobby stores is literally about a hundred feet away in the same plaza. 🙁

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