The seven buildings in the company's expansion plans will be constructed south of SW 44. One is the three-story office building and the other six will make up the industrial park: five 80,000-square-foot buildings and one 130,000-square-foot facility.
Construction will begin in July on three of the smaller buildings. Each of those will house a different department, said Bob Mackey, vice president of construction for Hobby Lobby. Plans for the three others are undecided.
Company officials say the growth in Oklahoma City is necessary to support its growing network of stores. Hobby Lobby opened 33 new stores in 2011 and 29 in 2012, and expects to add 35 more in 2013.
“We continue to be blessed with opportunities to expand our business nationwide, even during these challenging economic times,” said Randy Childers, vice president of real estate.
“Along with this growth comes expansion of our distribution and corporate operations in Oklahoma City.”
He noted that in March 2011, the company employed 3,045 people at the Oklahoma City distribution and corporate campus.
Campus employment rose to 3,564 in March 2012 and to 3,867 in March 2013.