|A Hobby Lobby store opened in Gainesville, Va., in January.|
The 65,000-square-foot space has been vacant since D Furniture closed in the middle of 2017. The space is being renovated, and Hobby Lobby is expected to open this fall, Cornett says.
Hobby Lobby sells arts and craft supplies, fabric, party items, wedding supplies, home décor, picture framing, and holiday merchandise. The company has 800 stores, including locations in Woodbridge, Gainesville, and Leesburg in Northern Virginia.
In keeping with owner Davis Green’s fundamentalist Christian beliefs, Hobby Lobby is operated “in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.” The stores are not open on Sundays. In 2014, Hobby Lobby won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which found the company does not have to provide health insurance to employees that covers emergency contraceptives.
In other Landmark Plaza news, the new Giant grocery store, which is expected to open in mid-November, will house a Starbucks and PNC Bank, Cornett says. Giant will replace Shoppers, which closed June 9. Renovations are expected to start by the end of the month.
EMP 180, a personalized weight-loss program, is moving into the space formerly occupied by a Payless shoe store next to Landmark Family Dental.