QUEENSBURY -- Hobby Lobby, a national fabric, craft supply and decorating superstore chain, has identified Queensbury as a location for expansion.
The company has filed plans with the town to renovate the space at Northway Plaza, at the corner of Quaker Road and Route 9, that has been vacant since Travelers Insurance relocated its offices to Glens Falls in 2008.
The approximately 59,000-square-foot retail store would be slightly smaller than the Hannaford supermarket on Quaker Road.
The store is expected to open late this year or early in 2014, said Erin Cugnasca, a spokeswoman for RCG Ventures, the new owner of the plaza.
Jon Lapper, a lawyer representing RCG Ventures, said Hobby Lobby is expected to be the start of a resurgence and expansion of the shopping plaza.
“It has been purchased, and they want to re-tenant it,” said Lapper.
Lapper said RCG Ventures retained him last week as its planning lawyer.
Hobby Lobby promotes its stores as offering “everything you need to bring your creativity to life” in one location.
“Somebody told me it was like a Jo-Ann’s (fabric and craft store) on steroids,” said 3rd Ward Councilman John Strough, at the Town Board meeting on Monday.
Hobby Lobby has 554 stores in 45 states, according to the company’s web site.
Stores within 100 miles of Queensbury are in Latham, New Hartford (Oneida County) and Holyoke, Mass.
The town Planning Board was scheduled to review the plans on Tuesday, but delayed the review until July because representatives of the company were unable to come to Glens Falls that evening, Strough said Wednesday.
A representative of Hobby Lobby did not return messages The Post-Star left seeking comment on Wednesday.
Lapper said RCG Ventures hopes to move forward with previous plans for an expansion of the plaza that would include a restaurant and pharmacy.
The previous owners announced plans in 2007 for a Chili’s restaurant and Walgreens pharmacy, but those did not materialize.
Lapper said it is not clear whether the same two tenants will come to the plaza, or other but similar restaurant and pharmacy chains.
“They want to finish the project that was previously approved for some out-parcel development. But they just closed on it last week, so it’s just early on,” he said.