Hobby Lobby to open 600th store
Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby Stores will hold a ceremony to celebrate the opening of its 600th store in Yukon in a 55,000 square-foot space south of Interstate 40 on Garth Brooks Boulevard. The national retail chain of arts and crafts stores will stage a ribbon-cutting ceremony and official grand opening at 9 a.m. on June 9. The event is open to the public. Local dignitaries, business leaders and ambassadors from the Yukon Chamber of Commerce will attend the celebration. “As we continue our nationwide expansion program, we look forward to giving customers an unparalleled shopping experience in the crafts and home decor market,” said John Schumacher, Hobby Lobby’s assistant vice president of advertising.
State Walmarts rank in vet hires
Oklahoma ranked sixth among states in the number of veterans hired at Walmart stores during the first year of the company’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment. Nationally, Walmart hired more than 42,000 veterans during the year. The commitment, launched last Memorial Day, guarantees a job offer to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty. Walmart projects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans in five years.