National arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby will open its first store on Long Island later this month.
The grand opening of the 43,000-square-foot store, at 124 Veterans Memorial Hwy. in Commack, will be on June 26 at 9 a.m.
Hobby Lobby remodeled the space, formerly occupied by Sports Authority, in the shopping plaza at Veterans Memorial Highway and Sunken Meadow State Parkway.
The new store is next door to a former King Kullen supermarket, which closed earlier this year. High-end supermarket chain Whole Foods Market is set to open in King Kullen’s space in 2019.
The Hobby Lobby store is expected to create 35 to 50 jobs, paying $15.35 per hour for full-time and $10.23 per hour for part-time associates. Store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sundays.
Hobby Lobby offers more than 75,000 arts and crafts, hobby, home decor, holiday, and seasonal products. The Oklahoma City-based, privately owned retailer currently has 14 locations in New York, and more than 750 stores across the United States.
The company started in 1970 as a miniature picture frame company called Greco. Founder David Green moved the business from his family’s garage to a 300-square-foot retail space in Oklahoma City in 1972.
Hobby Lobby, known for its owners’ Christian beliefs, attracted national attention in 2012 when it challenged the Affordable Care Act requiring companies to pay for insurance coverage for contraception. The Supreme Court ruled in the company’s favor in 2014, saying that, for closely held companies whose owners oppose contraception on religious grounds, the coverage requirement violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.