SHEBOYGAN — Tuesday morning, the City of Sheboygan announced that Hobby Lobby will be coming back to Sheboygan.
Hobby Lobby formerly occupied the space in the Memorial Mall on Kohler Memorial Drive but closed in Jan. 2016 in anticipation of the redevelopment for Meijer.
Hobby Lobby has now signed a deal to return to the area to occupy the former Shopko store at 518 S. Taylor Drive. The popular arts and crafts store will occupy 55,000 square feet of the approximate 97,000 square feet of available space in the southern portion of the existing vacant storefront.
“Over the past five years, the City has worked closely with Hobby Lobby to find a new location in the Sheboygan market. Utilization of the vacant 97,000 square foot department store is a positive for the residents of Sheboygan,” stated Chad Pelishek, director of planning and development. "The City is working with the developer on city incentives related to the cost escalations in the project. The developer hopes the cost escalations are just temporary but are having significant impacts on the overall project."
According to the city's release, land use approvals should come through in November and Hobby Lobby will begin interior remodeling over the winter season. No approximate timeline on the store's opening was provided.
The developer and city are also working to bring in a second national retailer to occupy the remainder of the space. The details of the final lease are being discussed and will be released at a later date.