ELIZABETHTOWN, KY- As folks all across the nation rang in the New Year, local crafters across Hardin County began to speculate about the possibility of a Hobby Lobby location moving into the Hardin County area. For local artisans, this could open up new avenues in regard to art supplies and creative resources available in the area. Currently, the closest Hobby Lobby location is situated outside of Louisville.
Several local crafters believe the Hobby Lobby location may open shop on North Dixie Highway in Elizabethtown, where the office supply chain, Office Depot, was formerly located. The Office Depot location closed in the latter part of 2013 and has since remained vacant. The location would definitely be a prime spot for any retail or merchandising outlet, and certainly would fit the planogram and structure for which Hobby Lobby is known.
One local jewelry designer remembered viewing a job posting for an Assistant Manager position that listed Hobby Lobby as the company and Radcliff as the location a month ago. Local shoppers hope this siting alludes to a future Hobby Lobby store to open in 2014. Another poster expressed interest in the cake baking and design options that would be available to her if a location of the craft store opened in Hardin County.
However, after searching several job boards online to reveal the source of the Hobby Lobby Assistant Manager position, there was no evidence to be found of the post. An extensive search of the company's website also yielded no results. In a list of the planned locations set to open in 2014, there were no locations in Kentucky specified at this time for this year. One craft connoisseur was optimistic; it is unknown when the Hobby Lobby website was last edited or updated. A jewelry designer suggested to local crafters in the Hardin County area to "write Hobby Lobby and let them know there is an interest in Elizabethtown for a store location."
For local artisans, it's unclear at this time if the retail chain has made any recent plans to move into the Hardin County area. As one fellow scrapbooker put it, we'll "keep our fingers crossed."