OKLAHOMA CITY – Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held national retail chain of craft and home decor stores, is set to open a new store in Batesville, Arkansas. Construction and renovations have begun on this 55,000 square-foot building formerly occupied by Walmart, at Harrison and South 20th Streets. This is Hobby Lobby’s 12th location in Arkansas, which is projected to open in early October. The store will bring about 35–50 jobs to the community paying $15.35 per hour for full-time and $10.23 per hour for part-time associates. “Once you visit Hobby Lobby, you will see that we are very unique, offering the widest variety of merchandise in the craft and home decor market under one roof,” stated John Schumacher, Assistant Vice President of Advertising. “We’re tremendously excited about becoming a part of the Batesville community.” Hobby Lobby has over 700 stores across the nation. Each store offers more than 75,000 crafting and home decor products including floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, wedding supplies, jewelry making, scrap-booking and paper crafting supplies. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a major Oklahoma City-based corporation began as Greco, a miniature picture frame company in 1970. When David Green moved his business from the family garage to a 300 square-foot retail space in 1972, Hobby Lobby was born. It is now the nation’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer. For more information about Hobby Lobby, weekly specials, coupon offers, store locations and online shopping, visit www.hobbylobby.com , download the mobile app or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/hobbylobby.