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Hobby Lobby opens in Bullhead City

April 2, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — It was a big day for people who love crafting as Hobby Lobby open its doors in Bullhead City on Monday morning.

There was a ribbon-cutting, presentations and a prayer before the public was let into the new store in the City Square Center at Highway 95 and Thunderstruck Drive.

A long line of customers arrived early to be among the first inside the 50,000-square-foot craft and home decor store selling more than 70,000 products.

Melinda Harder was at the front of the line that snaked around the outside of the store. She said she arrived at around 6:30 a.m.

She was hoping there would a grand opening prize, say, of “a $1,000 shopping spree.”

People standing near her smiled and nodded in agreement, but free coffee and pastries provided a nice welcome to all the shoppers, if not the same as a $1,000 prize might have.

Harder said she was thrilled about the store opening. She said she had many fun times shopping at Hobby Lobby in North Dakota, especially with her mother, Linda Severson, who died in August.

She described Hobby Lobby as sort of a cross between “Michael’s and Pier 1 Imports.”

Harder said she was looking for something from the Tim Holtz product lines, which include Ranger Ink and idea-ology. The latter is a selection of findings, fasteners and other craft items.

She said she also wanted some colored paper without a white core that shows when you cut it for crafting and some sewing clips that take the place of pins that hold pattern pieces together for sewing clothes and paper.

Pins, she said. “can leave holes.”

Harder used her smartphone to livestream her trip through the new store for family and friends in the Midwest. She’d hold up items she knew the people watching her shopping trip would enjoy.

“It was like my mom was with me,” she said afterward. “She would have loved this.”

Another shopper, Sheryll McNutt of Bullhead City, arrived closer to the 9 a.m. opening to look at the various craft items. She said she got there around 8:15 a.m.

“I just want to inhale it all,” McNutt said outside in the line.

Zevart Jerijian, also of Bullhead City, arrived at about the same time as McNutt on Monday. She has been going to a Hobby Lobby store in Lake Havasu City and said she was happy she doesn’t have to do that anymore.

“I love shopping here,” Jerijian said.

She said she especially likes the store’s selection of artificial flowers. They aren’t as appetizing to local rabbits as real flowers, she explained.

While the long line of shoppers waited patiently, local dignitaries completed the ceremony that customarily occurs when a new store opens for business. Before the ribbon-cutting, a corporate representative from Hobby Lobby led the assemblage in prayer.

Hobby Lobby provides a 10 percent in-store discount to churches, schools, and national charitable organizations for purchases made with an organizational check or credit card. Those interested are asked to contact store management.

The chain is owned by David and Barbara Green, both furniture makers from Oklahoma City. They opened their first store in 1970 and now operate more than 800 stores.

According to insidephilanthropy.com, David Green views his billions in earnings from the Hobby Lobby chain as “the literal property of God” and donates millions of dollars to ministries and Christian organizations each year and could provide them with more than $500 million during his lifetime.