With cheers and a prayer, Hobby Lobby opened its doors to hundreds of people waiting in line Monday morning.
Fans of the craft and home decor store have eagerly awaited the new store at 6565 N. Blackstone Ave., halfway between Herndon and Sierra avenues.
The first customer got in line at 7:15 a.m. for the 9 a.m. opening.
“I’m just excited about Hobby Lobby being in Fresno,” said Ellen Hayes of Raymond. “They have great crafts, paint colors you can’t find at Michaels or Jo-Anns.”
Technically, the store opened Friday with a “soft opening” – an early opening that usually isn’t promoted much so the store can work out the kinks before the crowds come.
This is store No. 700 for us, which is a big deal.
Bob Miller, Hobby Lobby communications manager
But by Saturday, Hobby Lobby fans knew it was open.
“It was crazy,” store manager Bob Love said of Saturday. “The turnout is just amazing.”
Hobby Lobby has passionate followers who were eager to explain what all the fuss is about and why they’ve been driving to Visalia, Hanford or Merced to shop at the stores there.
10The number of aisles devoted to Christmas decor.
If you want to see it all, it takes about two hours to get through it, Love said. The store has 10 aisles dedicated to Christmas merchandise already and four aisles of fall merchandise.