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Hobby Lobby Moving Into Old South Trail Kmart

Hobby Lobby expects to open mid-summer in Sarasota.

South Sarasota will get a new craft store when Hobby Lobby moves into the former Kmart at 8191 S. Tamiami Trail later this year. 

The Oklahoma City-based craft store confirmed with Patch on Monday that the store will open a 56,267-square-foot store in mid-summer. Herald-Tribune business reporter Justine Griffin first broke the news on Twitter Monday receiving confirmation from Benderson Development executives.

"We feel that the market is underserved and that we can bring a very unique shopping experience to the Sarasota area," Vincent Parker, director of training and customer service for Hobby Lobby, told Patch. "We are looking forward to becoming part of the community." 

The Kmart at the Benderson-owned shopping center closed in 2008. A Staples and Pizza Hut are attached to the Kmart building in the shopping center located between the South Trail and Beneva Road.

Hobby Lobby is based in Oklahoma City, founded by David Green, and has more than 500 stores in 41 states, and has been expanding recently, including Benderson properties on Cortez Road in Bradenton and North Port's Cocoplum Village shops.

The stores carry furniture and vases to clocks, birdhouses and arts and crafts supplies.

The company is also known for its religious views as much as its crafts, with the family owning the world's largest collection of Biblical antiquities and operates Hobby Lobby "in a manner consistent with Biblical principles," according to a press release.

Full-time hourly employees start out at $13 per hour while part-time employees start at $9 per hour, according to a news release. 

"The store manager and our co-manager usually train in other stores and come with the store," Parker said. "We always hope to hire any where from 30 to 50 local employees in various positions: cashiers, stockers, custom picture framers, office manager, floral designer, ‘department heads’ for the different areas of our store (Floral, fabric, needlework, art, hobbies, wearable’s, jewelry, crafts, cards and party, scrapbooking, seasonal and home accents)." 

The craft company has made headlines in December for its stance of defying the Affordable Care Act mandate by denying paying for the Plan B and Ella birth control pills, facing finds of up to $1.3 million per day, the Merced Sun-Star reports.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is overseeing the case after the Supreme Court denied a request from Hobby Lobby to stop paying fines while the court case continues, the Merced Sun-Star reports.

Glenda J Gillick January 07, 2013 at 09:42 PM
I love Hobby Lobby and am so glad they're coming to Sarasota! Since moving here in 2011, I've missed the great shopping experience Hobby Lobby offers. WOO HOO!
Kathryn Baker January 07, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I am really glad to see something going in at that location.
calvin mortz January 07, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Boycott Hobby Lobby for their refusal to allow employees access to birth control. They are not God.
S. M. January 07, 2013 at 11:30 PM
So thrilled to have a Hobby Lobby here!!!! Loved them in Texas and so happy they are coming to Sarasota!! Love their Christian values!! Plus, they have great values and will give the other chain a run for their money!! I have issues with monopolies!!!
redhededkewty January 07, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Totally boycotting their ultraconservative azzez. Christian values belong in church.
TheRealDguar January 08, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Hobby Lobby can take their right wing cripe and fail in that location
Willyone January 08, 2013 at 12:50 PM
I will support and shop regularly at this store. I love the Christian values and the store is well needed. And to all of the liberal ding wits that post hateful comments " get a life".
Ann Raymond January 08, 2013 at 11:31 PM
No. Birth control pills are availale everywhere so there is no denial of access. If employee wants different insurance, then he can wor someplace else. What's next? Once we allow government to force business owners to follow their morality, we can expect to end up like China: lawmalers can tell us how many children we can have, mandate abortions etc. Be careful what you wish for. You may live to regret it.
Michelle March 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM
I applaude them for having a belief and standing up for it. They don't cave to the few. I will support them.
Tammy Ferguson March 27, 2013 at 04:07 AM
We are so close to becoming a socialist country it isn't funny. All of you that are against HOBBY LOBBY can s___w on your own time and your own dime.
Patrice Kelly April 05, 2013 at 04:06 AM
I am very glad Hobby Lobby is opening a store in Sarasota. Since moving here from Atlanta I have missed their supply of wonderful merchandise. They employ talanted designers and buyers! P. Kelly
Gerry May 11, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Never shopped Hobby Lobby but am looking forward to it! Glad someone has finally moved into the old Kmart bldg!

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