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Oswego Hobby Lobby Won't Create New Jobs

Sep 09, 2014 06:51PM ● By Steven Jack


The opening of Hobby Lobby in Oswego won't bring any new jobs to the village. 

A company spokesman revealed Tuesday that the Oswego store will open as a relocation of the Aurora store at 1971 W. Galena Blvd.

"All the current employees will be coming with the store," said corporate spokesman Vince Parker.

Parker also said the store is planning a grand opening for Monday, Oct. 6.

The village's economic development office announced in April that Hobby Lobby would locate in part of the former Lowe's location in the Prairie Market shopping center. The store was to bring up to 50 jobs to town, paying anywhere from $9.50 to $14 per hour. 

Lowe's closed in Oswego in October 2011 along with 18 other locations nationwide. About 95 employees were left out of work with the closing.  

Oswego Partners bought the 110,000-square-foot Lowe’s building in January, and is spending about $2.5 million total to prepare the building for occupancy. Hobby Lobby will occupy about 55,000 square feet.

Village officials have said an announcement regarding another tenant for the Lowe's space may come soon.