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Hobby Lobby store coming to Oswego : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Hobby Lobby store coming to Oswego
Will locate in former Lowe's store

by John Etheredge


A Hobby Lobby store will open this fall in Oswego.

Vijay Gadde, the village's economic development director, told the village board Tuesday evening the national retailer of crafts and home décor will locate in a portion of the former Lowe's store in the Prairie Market shopping center on U.S. Route 34, east of Douglas Road.

Gadde said Hobby Lobby will lease approximately half or approximately 55,000 square feet of the former Lowe's store.

The store is expected to open this fall, Gadde said.

The store has been vacant since Lowe's closed its local store as part of a nation-wide cost-cutting move in October 2011.

According to Gadde, the Hobby Lobby will generate between 35 and 50 jobs with wages ranging from $14 per hour for full-time employees to $9.50 for part-time associates.

Village President Brian LeClercq praised Gadde for his work in securing the Hobby Lobby for the village.

He noted that Gadde worked with a realty firm in seeking out potential buyers and tenants for the former Lowe's store.

According to Gadde his department was seeking a retailer like Hobby Lobby to locate in the village since residents currently have to drive outside the community to buy merchandise offered by crafts and home décor stores.

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