Hobby Lobby coming to West Manchester Town Center

FILE - In this June 30, 2014, file photo, customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City. Federal prosecutors say Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabled. Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in which Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby consented to the fine and forfeiture of thousands of tablets and bricks written in cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing, as well as other artifacts that prosecutors say were shipped without proper documentation. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

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.