Hobby Lobby to open store in Berlin Mall

Banner seen in hallway at Berlin Mall last week

Hobby Lobby, a popular national craft store, will open in the Berlin Mall for the holiday season. 

A banner announcing the latest addition to the Central Vermont mall hangs on a temporary wall in the mall hallway, while workers are renovating the space for the mall’s second ‘anchor’ store. 

The store will replace the JC Penny, Olympia Sports, and other stores on the northern wing of the Berlin, VT mall. Walmart and other stores occupy the southern end, with Planet Fitness in the middle. 

In 1970, David and Barbara Green took out a $600 loan to begin making miniature picture frames out of their home, according to the Hobby Lobby website. Two years later, the fledgling enterprise opened a 300-square-foot store in Oklahoma City, and Hobby Lobby was born. Today, with more than 900 stores, Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer in the world with over 43,000 employees and operating in forty-seven states.

Hobby Lobby offers over 70,000 items featuring home decor, seasonal decor, tableware, floral, art supplies, craft supplies, yarn, fabric, jewelry making, hobbies and more. Corporate headquarters include over 10 million-square-feet of manufacturing, distribution, and an office complex in Oklahoma City.

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  1. What no hunting/fishing equipment ? Those are my favorite hobbies . How about Cabelas, Midway, Academy, or Sportsman’s Ware House ?

  2. They’re not “woke” enough to suit the leftists here. I expect the Montpelier area FPF’s to be filled with loathing posts about this company. Probably they’d prefer a giant abortion clinic to open up instead. And of course a pot dispensary.

    • Lol! VTIndependent – you beat me to it! I was going to suggest that because Hobby Lobby closes its chain on Sunday (the way most retailers were closed decades ago under Blue Laws) – “Progressives” & “Socialist democrats” will sue them because their atheists DEMAND to work on Sunday as they KNOW there is no God (except for the government, of course) and they then suffer even more so from both TDS coupled with PTSD being forced to be reminded by Hobby Lobby that not all Vermonters think like knuckleheads – despite their desperate indoctrination campaigns.

      Sorry, Guy…..but “knucklehead” was the absolute kindest & most gentile verbiage I could muster under the circumstances of trying to generally describe leftist ideologies.

      • I am what you might call a ‘lefty’, but am very happy for HL to open. Also fine with them being closed on a Sunday. Also fine with them putting whatever they want in their benefit plan.

        I am also fine with people not going there if they don’t like it. Or not buying Ben & Jerry’s if they disagree with their Palestine stance.

        Your sweeping generalizations do a disservice to thoughtful and analytical conservatives.

  3. I’ve heard nothing but good about this company and although I’m not an arts and crafts type of person, I’ll be there to purchase something and show my support. This is awesome news.
    Can we please, PLEASE get a chick-fil-a next?

  4. Having lived in the south and shopped at Hobby Lobby, I am excited to see they are coming to VT again and will be closer than Plattsburgh!! They have always been a great employer and I have several friends who work for them. Next up: Chick Fil A!!

  5. Chick-Fil-A ????? You think the woke granolas would allow one here in Vermont (aka Eastern California)? They just might dust off their Vermont Yankee protest gear and start in again.

  6. They are already tried it in Rutland. It closed. Once the communists get wind they will be shut down just like Chick Fil A in Randolph.

  7. It’s great that they’re trying Vermont again! We actually had one in Rutland for about 5 years until they closed it about 3 years ago. :o( Great music plays on the speaker system and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Wish we lived closer to Berlin but will make the trip at some point. Yes, that’ll be a huge blessing to have Chick-Fil-A come to VT. Lets bring back the Blue Laws, anyone?!

  8. Hobby Lobby gave Rutland a try but had to leave. A good source says they were robbed out of town.
    Chick fil a May have had some preliminary real estate negotiations in Rutland but couldn’t come to terms and chose to move on. Unfortunately Rutland probably couldn’t afford one anyway.

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