Hobby Lobby Relocating to Former Gordman's Space

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Hobby Lobby plans to relocate its Normal store to the former Gordmans location at The Shoppes at College Hills.

The arts and crafts chain confirmed the move in an email statement Wednesday. An opening date has not been set for the relocated store.

Hobby Lobby submitted plans for an estimated $1.2M remodel to the Town of Normal on December 26, 2017, said Scot Williams, commercial building inspector and Assistant Director of Building Inspections for the Town. Williams said the building plans include mostly interior remodeling with some exterior facade work.

SGA Design Group, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the architect on the project. The move will be a downsize for Hobby Lobby, from around 90,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet at the former Gordmans, according to tax assessor records.

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The new location is 2/3's the size of the current store

Hobby Lobby first opened at the 301 S. Veterans Parkway location in 1999. Gordmans closed its doors at 306 S. Towanda Ave. in the spring of 2017.

In 2017, Hobby Lobby opened 63 news stores, including 12 relocations, and plans to open 60 more this year. As the world’s largest privately-owned arts and crafts retailer, Hobby Lobby currently owns 798 stores across the nation.