The Beavercreek Hobby Lobby store reopened at 9 a.m. Friday, October 4 following the Memorial Day tornadoes, according to the store’s manager.
The arts and crafts store at 2440 North Fairfield Road near Aldi and Target has been closed since the May 25 tornadoes. Hobby Lobby was within the path of an EF 3 tornado that damaged 800 to 1,000 homes and commercial buildings on Memorial Day.
“It’s good to get back after the tornado. It was a long process. It took four months for them to get back and I think the community is glad we’re reopening,” said store manager Mark Namack.
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Hobby Lobby is reopening with about 45 employees. Most of the employees who worked at the store before the tornado were able to circulate through other local Hobby Lobby locations and return to the Beavercreek store for the reopening.
The soft reopening Friday will be followed by a grand reopening Monday.
Nearby are Aldi, Chik-Fil-A, Primanti Bros Restaurant and Bar and former Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant that was set to become an El Toro Bar & Grill.
Chick-fil-A reopened in June, Aldi followed in August, work is still underway on El Toro and the Primanti Bros restaurant will not reopen following the destruction.
The Beavercreek Hobby Lobby was first built in 2015. The Dayton Daily News has reached out to Hobby Lobby corporate for more information.
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