West Manchester Township officials confirmed a Hobby Lobby is being constructed in the space between the DSW and Burlington in the West Manchester Town Center.

Township zoning officer Rachelle Sampere said the developer has a permit for construction through September.

The approximately 52,000-square-foot project is slated to open this fall, said Bobby Traynham, president of Rhino Realty Group.

Rhino negotiated the lease, representing the owners of the town center.

It's a deal that's been a long time in the making, Traynham said.

"We've actually been working on a Hobby Lobby deal since renovation started on West Manchester Town Center," he said.

The realty group has had conversations on and off with Hobby Lobby representatives for about three years, which Traynham said is just the nature of the industry today. Some deals take a long time, whether it comes down to the retailer or the developer.

"It's going to be a nice addition to an already successful redevelopment," Traynham said, adding that it will complement what's already there.

Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby operates 800 arts and crafts stores in 47 states.




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