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Hey Crafters - Here Comes Hobby Lobby!


HOLMDEL, N.J - Good News for Hobby Lobby Fans...Hobby Lobby is coming to Holmdel! First, a little bit of history...

In 1970, David and Barbara Green took out a $600 loan to begin making miniature picture frames out of their home. Two years later, the fledgling enterprise opened a 300-square-foot store in Oklahoma City, and Hobby Lobby was born. Today, with more than 750 stores, Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer in the world with approximately 32,000 employees and operating in forty-seven states.

TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck connected with Bob Miller, Communications Coordinator for Hobby Lobby  and asked,  "what attracted Hobby Lobby to Holmdel?"

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“Hobby Lobby is constantly looking for new locations to better serve our customers. We have had our eye on Holmdel for a while and believe it is a great fit,” said Bob Miller, Communication Coordinator for Hobby Lobby. “We are excited to open a store in Holmdel and look forward to becoming a part of the community.”

Hobby Lobby is much more than an Arts and Crafts store, however. It is a philosophy borne of faith, service to others and being good stewards of their local communities. According to their website:

We are committed to:

  • Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.

  • Offering our customers exceptional selection and value.

  • Serving our employees and their families by establishing a work environment and company policies that build character, strengthen individuals, and nurture families.

  • Providing a return on the family’s investment, sharing the Lord’s blessings with our employees, and investing in our community.

Hobby Lobby puts their faith out front in communications with positive messaging in their communications:

May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you. Psalm 25.21 NLT

Hobby Lobby is primarily an arts-and-crafts store but also includes hobbies, picture framing, jewelry making, fabrics, floral and wedding supplies, cards and party ware, baskets, wearable art, home accents and holiday merchandise.

The Holmdel store is undergoing construction and renovations now and will be open in early September. It will be located in the 56,000 square foot building formerly occupied by A&P Supermarket at Route 35 and Laurel Avenue in Holmdel Towne Center. The location will bring about 35-50 jobs to the community paying $15.70 per our for full-time and $10.45 per hour for part-time associates. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 8:00pm. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.

Affiliated companies include Hemispheres, carrying unique home furnishings and accessories from around the world, and Mardel Christian and Education Supply, offering books, Bibles, gifts, church and education supplies as well as homeschooling curriculum. Hobby Lobby also maintains offices in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Yiwu, China.

"The success of our stores in New Jersey is a good indicator that Holmdel shoppers will be pleased with the quality, selection and value we offer in the craft and home decor market," stated Kelly Black, Director of Advertising. "New customers and customers already familiar with the Hobby Lobby shopping experience are eagerly anticipating this store opening."

Each store offers more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products.

The Holmdel store is projected to open in early September. A hiring event will be held about three weeks before opening and will be posted on the Hobby Lobby website at

Folks can connect with Hobby Lobby, find weekly specials, coupon offers, store locations and online shopping, by visiting, downloading the mobile app or following on Facebook at  http://facebook.con/hobbylobby

Get crafting!


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