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Hobby Lobby moving in to Queensbury's Northway Plaza

2013-06-19T20:30:00Z 2013-06-20T09:26:37Z Hobby Lobby moving in to Queensbury's Northway PlazaMAURY THOMPSON - thompson@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star

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.

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(8) Comments

  1. JadeEmily
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    JadeEmily - March 07, 2014 2:59 pm
    This is one business that I am NOT excited to have joining our area, and I will be boycotting. I hope they openly inform potential employees of their strict "religious beliefs" that have them currently in court fighting health insurance mandates that would allow their female employees to have insurance that covers contraceptives. Sorry ladies, but if you aren't ready for children, have an irregular period, experience terrible cramps, or are prone to ovarian cysts, they're going to want you do pay for that on your own. But federal law will still require you to pay them for a health insurance policy on top of it. Wholesome company my foot.
  2. Muz i Belka
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    Muz i Belka - June 22, 2013 3:21 pm
    Hey, Sag. Why don't you invest a few hundred thousand dollars of your own money to reopen the Montcalm?

    Obviously, an expensive "white tablecloth" type high end restaurant has very little local market, even to the well off tourists passing through, or people celebrating "occasions", while you can't get in the door on most days at the medium-priced chains like The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Outback.

    Newsflash: people don't have the kind of disposable income they once had, and restaurants like the Montcalm aren't all that good value for the money. Just up the road, a similar but perhaps less expensive restaurant, The Log Jam, seems to be doing just fine too.
  3. sag
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    sag - June 21, 2013 4:10 pm
    Let's reopen the Montcalm instead of another hobby store.
  4. VileWeed
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    VileWeed - June 20, 2013 10:56 am
    This is front page news?

    If that's the case, I have plenty of old t shirts and jeans that people are welcome to buy for a nominal fee to cut up and use as you wish.
  5. itsgo time
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    itsgo time - June 20, 2013 10:36 am
    Mark-well said. Sad but true. Corporate America at its best here!!! New owners just care about profit and that's it.sorry for all you tenants that pay thousands of dollars in rent that gave to come to such a trashy place!!!
  6. jdycty
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    jdycty - June 19, 2013 10:40 pm
    wonderful, exciting news!! Hobby Lobby is like AC Moore and Pier 1 on steroids.
    They are a wholesome company to work for.
  7. Markloucks1031
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    Markloucks1031 - June 19, 2013 10:04 pm
    The Northway Plaza used to be a great plaza. In the last two weeks it has looked like a wasteland. The new owners got rid of on sight property management and it looks like a public landfill. I hope Hobby Lobby enjoys a leaky roof, no parking, horrible snow removal, and a trash filled parking lot. You stay classy Northway Plaza.
  8. Patricia
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    Patricia - June 19, 2013 9:00 pm
    Looking forward to it! When will it open?

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