Hobby Lobby Opens In Pierre
Posted on October 28, 2016
October 10, 2016 Article Courtesy of Capital Journal - Pierre, SD
Regional Vice President James Farris thanked the community.
“This is a great, great, opportunity for us. We’ve been very blessed with the people from Pierre,” he said. “This is just an exciting day for us. South Dakota has been one of our best markets.”
Hobby Lobby is already open in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen. Pierre makes the fourth South Dakota store, and a new one will one soon in Watertown, Farris said.
Farris also thanked mall manager Tony Jockheck.
“We didn’t know the community. Our managers didn’t know where to live. There’s a lot of things that he just answered. And the hiring process — he made that very easy, and we’re very grateful,” Farris said.
Store manager Austin Cegas echoed that theme.
“Just the whole community — the way they all warmed up quickly and welcomed me to the area. It really meant a lot,” he said.
Tony Jockheck said the store is an excellent addition to Northridge Plaza.
“It’s big for the mall. It’s the shot in the arm that we needed. With Kmart closing, that really reduced our foot traffic through the mall over the summer. So to get Hobby Lobby to anchor the plaza, to drive people up, it’s big,” he said.
The presence of Hobby Lobby will also show Pierre residents that Northridge Plaza will be aggressive in bringing new stores into the mall, he said.
Hobby Lobby occupies part of the space used by Kmart. There is no internal connection from the mall to the Hobby Lobby, but it’s a very short walk from the Hobby Lobby entrance to the mall entrance, he said.
“It’s not far,” he said.
As for the rest of the rest of the space once used by Kmart, that is connected to the mall but it is now unoccupied. Jockheck said he is looking at stores to go there, and already has some leads.
“We want to be smart with the selection that we put in there to make sure that it fills a need in the community, and also feels a need within the plaza as well,” he said.
Because Hobby Lobby is a Christian-based organization, it is closed on Sundays so people can spend time with family and in worship, Cegas said.