Work under way on new Hobby Lobby

Mar. 14, 2013 @ 05:40 PM

A national retail chain of arts and crafts stores is building a new location in High Point.
Hobby Lobby will relocate its Eastchester Drive store to a site that is under construction at 2506 N. Main St., according to company spokesman Vincent Parker.
The new store, which is being built on the site of the former Crown Chevrolet and Cadillac dealership, is expected to open this fall, Parker said.
At 55,160 square feet, the new location will give the company a freestanding building larger than its current location, where it is one of several tenants in the Centre Stage shopping center.
Contractors completed demolition of the former Crown building earlier this year and are now grading the 6.8-acre site in preparation for construction.
The project was approved for single-tenant occupancy, with a one-story building height of 35 feet, said Doug Loveland, senior planner with the High Point Planning & Development Department.
“It’s notable because it’s a big-box store,” Loveland said.
Hobby Lobby, a privately held company based in Oklahoma City, has more than 500 stores in 41 states.
According to its website, the company offers more than 60,000 crafting and home decor products in 13 departments, including floral, fabric, needlework, picture framing, baskets, home accents, arts and crafts, wearable art, jewelry, scrapbooking supplies and seasonal items.
The new store will make use of a site that has been vacant for four years.
Vann York Auto Group bought the Chevrolet and Cadillac franchises in High Point from Crown Automotive in March 2009. It has been selling and servicing Chevrolets and Cadillacs from its Pontiac, Buick and GMC dealership at 321 Eastchester Drive since then.
Vann York is expanding its Eastchester location to accommodate the sales and inventory of Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles.