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Hobby Lobby coming to Sumter with K-Mart building renovation

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 6/16/20

The popular arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby is coming to Sumter and will locate in the former K-Mart building on Broad Street.

The South Carolina-based building contractor on the project spoke …

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Hobby Lobby coming to Sumter with K-Mart building renovation

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The popular arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby is coming to Sumter and will locate in the former K-Mart building on Broad Street.

The South Carolina-based building contractor on the project spoke Tuesday to The Sumter Item, and the Sumter City-County Planning Commission’s Building Department provided a building permit from May.

Derek Robbins, owner of Robbins Construction Group based in Summerville, confirmed he is handling the two-phase renovation/remodeling of the property that will split the former K-mart property at 1143 Broad St. into two units.

Hobby Lobby will occupy the larger unit and be the retailer’s prototype store, about 40,000 square feet, according to Robbins. The construction project will last about five months, and the store’s opening is planned for around Thanksgiving, he added.

Robbins said he doesn't know if a tenant has signed on yet for the planned smaller unit on the property.

In the first quarter of this year, only a demolition permit had been issued on the property, which included tearing down K-Mart’s former Garden Center area.

Robbins said the delay was partly because the property owner was trying to decide whether to completely tear down the former K-Mart building and rebuild or to renovate, remodel and split the property. The owner ultimately decided to renovate/remodel.

Robbins said he has built two Hobby Lobbys already, one in North Carolina and one in Tennessee.

According to its website, Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world with more than 900 stores operates in 46 states.

The arts and crafts store also includes picture framing, hobbies, jewelry making, fabrics, floral and wedding supplies, cards and party ware and home accents, among other items.

The first phase of the two-phase project has already started with redoing the parking lot with new pavement, Robbins added. Later, the building will be separated into two spaces.