Specialty arts and crafts retailer The Michaels Cos. Inc. will open a new store this weekend in a long-vacant location in the Deer Park Plaza shopping center in North Babylon, near the Deer Park Village line.

The new 25,147-square-foot store, at 20 Deer Shore Square, will employ more than 60 people. The store features an open design with wide aisles, warm colors and bright lighting.

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The store opens to the public for a "soft" opening on Friday at 9 a.m. The grand opening on Sunday is at 10 a.m.

"We are thrilled to be joining the Deer Park community," district manager Neil Kravitz said in a statement.

The location was vacated by former mall anchor tenant Sears Hardware more than two years ago, after that company began closing poorly performing locations in 2012. The open-air shopping center also includes a Mama Sbarro's pizza shop.

Irving, Texas-based Michaels owns and operates 1,168 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada.