The world’s largest, privately owned arts and crafts retailer makes its home in Oklahoma City. In 1970, David and Barbara Green took out a $600 loan to make picture frames out of their Oklahoma City home. In 1972, a 300 square-foot retail space opened and Hobby Lobby was born.
Today, the craft and home decor retailer has approximately 32,000 employees in 47 states and more than 750 stores, including 10 in the greater OKC metropolitan area. The Oklahoma City corporate headquarters include a 9.2 million-square-foot manufacturing, distribution, and office complex.
Hobby Lobby has no long-term debt and is currently opening 50 to 60 new stores each year. Affiliated companies include Hemispheres, carrying unique home furnishings and accessories, and Mardel Christian and Education Supply, offering books, Bibles, gifts, church and education supplies as well as homeschooling curriculum.
“We believe it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured,” said company founder, David Green. “He has been faithful in the past, we trust Him for our future.”
Hobby Lobby is a lead sponsor of The Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium. Begun in 2003, the Oklahoma City-based organization is recognized as a statewide and national forum for promoting business ethics. The Consortium supports the local business community so that ethical standards and integrity in the workplace can be discussed, defined and reinforced. Find out more at okethics.org.
Hobby Lobby recently announced its sponsorship of the OKC Passion Awards. The purpose of the awards is to identify and support effective ministries committed to advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the OKC metropolitan community. The Passion Awards will be presented on March 6, 2018, at a citywide celebration at the Cox Convention Center. Find more information at compelawards.com.
For more information about Hobby Lobby, visit http://www.hobbylobby.com/.