Hobby Lobby in California is Open for Business

April 14, 2017

UPDATE 4/14/2017: Hobby Lobby is open for business! The California store opened on Friday, April 14, 2017, for a “soft” opening. The store opened the doors, a few days ahead of the official grand opening.

The grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony is still scheduled to take place take place on Monday, April 17 at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: The grand opening date of Hobby Lobby in California, is scheduled to be April 17, 2017, a ribbon cutting celebration will be held at 9:00 a.m.

Hobby Lobby continues to increase its retail footprint across the U.S. Plans are underway to open 60 new locations and hire 1,700 to 2,500 new employees in 2017. Hobby Lobby currently has more than 700 stores across the nation.

7/16/2017: Signs and banners at the old Kmart on Three Notch Rd, in California, Maryland are announcing that a Hobby Lobby is “Coming Soon”.

Although there is no information on the Hobby Lobby web site, about opening a store in Southern Maryland, in February of 2016 the company released the following statement.

Hobby Lobby is coming off the busiest year in company history, opening 66 new store locations in 2015. With plans for more stores, 2016 promises to be a busy year as well.

As the world’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer, Hobby Lobby continues to increase its retail footprint across the U.S. Plans are underway to open 50 new locations and hire 1,700 to 2,500 new employees in 2016. Hobby Lobby currently has 700 stores that average 55,000 square feet in size.

The company remains committed to offering customers exceptional selection and value. Each store offers more than 75,000 crafting and home decor products including floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies.

According the Hobby Lobby web site, in 1970, entrepreneurs David and Barbara Green, along with their young family, began making miniature picture frames in their garage. A few years later, on August 3, 1972, the Green family opened the first Hobby Lobby store with a mere 300 square feet of retail space. Hobby Lobby has not stopped growing since.

Today, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, operates over 600 stores across the nation that average 55,000 square feet. Hobby Lobby is an industry leading retailer offering more than 70,000 arts, crafts, hobbies, home decor, Holiday, and seasonal products.

Hobby Lobby is included in Forbes’ annual list of America’s largest private companies. While Hobby Lobby continues to grow steadily, the company carries no long-term debt.

We believe that it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. God has been faithful in the past, and we trust Him for our future.



54 Responses to Hobby Lobby in California is Open for Business

  1. Binnie Baumgartner on July 16, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    We would love to have a Hobby Lobby in Calvert County but the powers that be don’t want any “big box” stores so we will continue to take our money out of the county.

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Exactly!!! The phrase “increased traffic” always comes up as one of the main reasons against new stores. News flash: a lot of the current traffic is people leaving the county to shop/work, then returning to the county to go home.

    • james on April 13, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Why do we need it? Amazon delivers the same Chineses stuff straight to your door.

  2. Aaron on July 16, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Be careful what you wish for!!

  3. No H8 on July 16, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    We don’t need these bigots in our county.

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      No, a bigot is a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions. The owners of Hobby Lobby have their beliefs. You don’t want them in your county because of those beliefs. That make YOU the bigot.

      • Anonymous on March 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm

        So, if Hobby Lobby is intolerant of others (yep), and we are intolerant of actions that Hobby Lobby has taken, you’re saying that the second party are bigots because hobby lobby is a bigot? It doesn’t work that way.

        • Nonya on March 5, 2017 at 3:52 pm

          Who says they are intolerant of others? They have their beliefs period. They do not have to change them for you or anyone else. Just fyi, half the country has the same.

        • Anonymous on March 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm

          Hobby Lobby has no intolerance for others or their beliefs, unless their beliefs are forced upon Hobby Lobby. I would be intolerant for those people too.

    • Nonya on March 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Bigots? You idiot, a bigot would be someone intolerant or telling others what to think and feel. That would be you. Just because you don’t like someone else’s thoughts or beliefs does not make them a bigot. You are a moron however

    • Anonymous on April 18, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Your obviously a clueless uneducated ignorant more on that should just go shoot themselves in the face so the rest of society doesn’t suffer due to your existence.

      • Anonymous on April 21, 2017 at 1:49 am


  4. Julie on July 17, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Another chain big box store coming to somd, why am I not surprised

    • Rufus on April 15, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Go hug a tree Snowflake

  5. Jessica ebli on July 17, 2016 at 7:45 am

    It’s not showing that there is a opening or a chance to apply for jobs on the website is like to apply for cashier I have 6 years experience

    • Tell You What on July 18, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      At least they’re trying, stop bullying people

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Don’t let facts get in the way of your ignorance. Hobby Lobby cashiers average over $10/hour.

    • Anonymous on July 19, 2016 at 7:34 am

      At least she is trying to get a job, instead of sitting at home and collecting welfare, and taking free handouts from Obama

    • TheTruthHurts on March 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Maybe its tough for you because they prefer their applicants speak ENGLISH!!!

      What is the language you are speaking in your post??

      • Willie on April 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

        *** to speak English.

        I fixed it for you. Hypocrite.

  6. John on July 17, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Oh boy just what we need more Bible Thumpers

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      …said the Social Justice Warrior.

    • Nonya on March 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      So don’t go. You think they will cry moron?

    • Anonymous on March 7, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      It’s just a store, bigot. They don’t preach there. Just sell stuff. Don’t like their products, don’t go there.

      • Women's Right to Services on March 9, 2017 at 7:27 am

        They do preach. They tell their female employees that they are not allowed to control their bodies – they dictate to their female employees what health care they will cover- and they do it using ‘Religious Belief’s’. If they open here, I think someone needs to point out Article 36 (b) of the MD Constitution- That as it is the duty of every man to worship God in such manner as he thinks most acceptable to Him, all persons are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty; wherefore, no person ought by any law to be molested in his person or estate, on account of his religious persuasion, or profession, or for his religious practice, unless, under the color of religion, he shall disturb the good order, peace or safety of the State, or shall infringe the laws of morality, or injure others in their natural, civil or religious rights; nor ought any person to be compelled to frequent, or maintain, or contribute, unless on contract, to maintain, any place of worship, or any ministry; nor shall any person, otherwise competent, be deemed incompetent as a witness, or juror, on account of his religious belief; provided, he believes in the existence of God, and that under His dispensation such person will be held morally accountable for his acts, and be rewarded or punished therefor either in this world or in the world to come.

        Nothing shall prohibit or require the making reference to belief in, reliance upon, or invoking the aid of God or a Supreme Being in any governmental or public document, proceeding, activity, ceremony, school, institution, or place.

        Nothing in this article shall constitute an establishment of religion (amended by Chapter 558, Acts of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970).

        • Anonymous on March 15, 2017 at 9:54 pm

          Nobody cares idiot

        • brian on April 13, 2017 at 11:32 am

          They aren’t telling any women how to control their bodies. They are saying all women have the option but the company will not pay for certain things. The woman can still get her birth control and day after pill…she just has to pay for it herself (choice) because the company will not. The Supreme Court already ruled on all the state articles like MD 36(b) and said Hobby Lobby was not in violation. Women also have the option to not work for the Hobby Lobby company who is very up front about their believes…that again is called CHOICE.

          I know CHOICE in liberal speak means believe what I believe or else…but people really do have the right to make free choice. Hobby Lobby pays fair wages, provides health care benefits, and is the thriving company. Work or shop there if you choose and if you don’t than don’t!

        • Willie on April 15, 2017 at 7:44 am

          Don’t shop there, that’ll show em!!!!

  7. Sally Hopp on July 18, 2016 at 12:26 am

    yea hobby lobby is sooo much fun! had one in Lavista, Nebr

  8. Kyle on July 18, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Something different.

  9. Katherine on July 18, 2016 at 10:14 am

    You don’t have to go along with their beliefs, that is your American right, but they do offer a good line of products a lot of which are not offered locally. But don’t naysay for the rest of us.

  10. SthMdBoy on July 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    You guys act like this place is going down in Ridge Maryland, It’s in California Maryland for Christ sake. You should have been lobbying against box stores 20 years ago. Amazing the idiots that move to St. Mary’s county now.

  11. Anonymous on July 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Can’t wait. I love Hobby Lobby and visit it every time I go south.

  12. Camron@gmail.com on July 20, 2016 at 8:49 am

    overpriced junk. enjoy!

  13. Sharon Kirkey on July 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    So excited about hobby lobby coming to California Maryland. I would drive about 1 and a 1/2 hours to one to get scrapbooking items.

  14. Anonymous on July 22, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I love Hobby Lobby!Can’t wait for it to open! I make some things for Birthrite and others, it will be great to have supplies available closer to home.

  15. Rachel Weinstein on March 5, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    What you intolerant people need down there is a LGBT bakery, or clothing store. We need stores like that in Southern Maryland, instead of redneck sports stores and more bigoted churches. The LGBT community is here to stay, whether you or your president like it or not!

    • Anonymous on March 8, 2017 at 10:54 am

      He’s your president too. Hope you choke on that one.

    • Cap'n Crunch on March 10, 2017 at 4:30 am

      Good for you. No one cares that you’re LBGQTA or whatever other letter of the alphabet you want to throw in there. The fact that you want special attention or recognition is what drives all of us “rednecks” nuts. You want to be treated equally and just like every other American, but you draw attention to yourselves any chance you get??

  16. WNo H8 on March 5, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    You cna have this one in Calvert- we don’t need stores operated by bigots in our county.

    • Anonymous on March 6, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      It’s not in Calvert moron..

      • Tell You What on March 8, 2017 at 5:56 am

        You’re the moron because you didn’t read it correctly- the person is saying they are from Saint Mary’s and would rather Calvert have that store than in St Mary’s… It’s called reading, from left to right but I’m guessing you never went to school.

        • Willie on April 15, 2017 at 7:46 am

          How did you come to that conclusion? I have read it three times and still can’t figure out what the original poster is trying to say.

    • Anonymous on March 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Only a bigot spouts off like that. Hobby Lobby has owners who have their own personal beliefs. So what? They are not trying to make others follow those beliefs, like you are. Bigot. Go away.

  17. Anonymous on March 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    screw them… Support Small Business… they are the ones that help the communities the most.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Do they really?…Please provide several examples, we’ll wait….*crickets*

  18. TheTruthHurts on March 13, 2017 at 10:03 am

    So, now we will have 4 craft stores within 10 square miles to go with the dozen or so Dollar stores in the county.

    Mind you… we still have ZERO places for kids to do ANYTHING but lord knows we need another craft store!

    • Willie on April 15, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Yes, it’s the government’s job to entertain your kids. Maybe you should be a better parent. If you don’t like the craft stores or dollar stores, don’t shop there. It really is that simple.

    • Anonymous on April 16, 2017 at 5:56 am

      Really? There are plenty of parks and other things (rail trail, Sotterly, Greenwell, Clements Island, etc.) to do in this county with your children. If you’re looking fora place to drop your kids off so you don’t have to watch them, we don’t need any of those places. Stop being a lazy parent.

  19. TheTruthHurts on March 15, 2017 at 9:42 am

    12 Dollar Stores, multiple big-box stores, multiple cookie cutter restaurants, and now 3 different craft stores. All of this in JUST St. Mary’s County!

    Still not a single place for kids to have fun (skating rink, arcade, etc.)

    I guess we should just let them keep getting their kicks at school with bullying and weapons.

    • Willie on April 15, 2017 at 7:52 am

      You are truly a moron. Please show me in the US Constitution or the MD Constitution where it says the government’s job is to provide you and your family with entertainment. There is plenty to do; numerous state parks, museums, nature trails, a hiker biker trail, baseball, local sports leagues, etc etc etc. Another one who complains about big government than complains there isn’t enough government in our lives. Idiot.

    • Squirrel on April 15, 2017 at 7:55 am

      I agree. There are no good places for kids to go down here. They need somewhere to go to be social instead of social media. The interaction between children seems limited to school only. It would be nice to have a skating rink, trampoline park, or anything of that nature.

  20. Bob Lob Law on April 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Hopefully the LGBT community comes and throws a party right in front too

  21. annie logan on April 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    It is about “Choice” folks…you can choose where to live and where to shop and where to worship.
    No one is forcing you to do or go anywhere. Live and let live.