Ithaca Hobby Lobby to close

first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — Bad news for creative types and hobbyists; the Ithaca Hobby Lobby will be closing its doors. According to store personnel, the last day the store will be open is Saturday, August 10th. New stock will continue to arrive in the meantime, and what’s left at closing will be shipped out to Ohio. “I don’t know, maybe we don’t make enough money,” said one worker at the store. Four or five of the full-time staff will transfer to the Big Flats store near Elmira, another to suburban Syracuse. But for most of the staff, the closing of the store will end their time with the Oklahoma-based chain of arts and crafts stores. “A lot of part-timers don’t want to drive.” Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandall The owners of the shopping center, Benderson Development of Buffalo, did not respond to a request for comment. The firm recently completed a new 14,744 square-foot retail space to the south of the 56,644 square-foot Hobby Lobby location, sharing a wall with the soon to be vacated store. A potential tenant could rent either space or combine them if Benderson is open to the idea. While the Ithaca store is closing, the chain appears to be in expansion mode, opening 54 new stores last year and planning adding another 65 to its 800-store footprint this year. A cursory check, however, shows that closing stores are not uncommon for the chain; rather, it just adds more than it closes.center_img The Ithaca store at 744 South Meadow Street opened in November 2013, in a newly renovated space previously occupied by K-Mart. The conservative political leanings of its ownership, which have included lawsuits against the Affordable Care Act, have made the chain the subject of controversy, and the local store has been the site of protests in the past. Brian Crandall Tagged: benderson development, closings, hobby lobby, retail, southwest Ithaca The closing is rather unusual in that most chain store shutdowns in Tompkins County have been because the chain has suffered financial setbacks or bankruptcy – Radio Shack and The Bon-Ton for examples (and then there’s the Shops at Ithaca Mall, which has its own unique set of problems). Nationally, the “retail apocalypse”, the mass closure of brick-and-mortar retail stores due to market conditions and the rise of online shopping, has claimed nearly 7,000 stores so far in 2019, a pace well above the 5,864 closings (a net loss of 2,613 stores) in all of 2018.last_img read more