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Hobby Lobby to open store in Tiffin

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Future site of Hobby Lobby at the Tiffin Mall. (Contributed Photo)

Tiffin, Ohio — Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership announced Monday that Hobby Lobby, a national retail chain started in 1970, plans to open a 60,000 square foot store at the Tiffin Mall by late 2023.

Hobby Lobby will create 60 full-time jobs, 20 part-time jobs, and plans to invest nearly $4 million into the future location.

“The Tiffin Mall is thrilled to announce the signing of a new 60,000 square foot anchor, Hobby Lobby,” said Tiffin Mall owner Steve Roumaya. “Today’s announcement will be the start of a renounced revitalization of the shopping center to bring more retail and restaurants to Tiffin and Seneca County.”

Today’s announcement is a key development for future growth at the Tiffin Mall, bringing a nationally recognized anchor tenant onto the site. The store will offer more than 70,000 items including home décor and furniture, art and craft supplies, fabrics, and more.

Hobby Lobby and the current Tiffin Mall owners, Suder Pierson Properties, plan to invest nearly $4 million into the site including a new façade, full interior renovation, and parking lot restoration.

Once completed, Hobby Lobby will occupy the entire east side of the mall from Planet Fitness through the former J.C. Penney location. The deal is contingent on approval of a CRA agreement to assist with the offset of new property tax valuation from building improvements.

Tiffin Mayor Dawn Iannantuono said, “I’m excited for the announcement that Hobby Lobby is coming to the City of Tiffin and expanding our retail options. The investment in the Tiffin Mall is just further proof that great things are happening everywhere in our community.”

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