Even in the midst of a controversial court battle, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. announced it will open a location in Burbank in June, making it the chain’s first store in Los Angeles County.
The Oklahoma City-based craft retailer is engaged in court with the federal government over the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, which the store owners consider opposed to “operating their company in a manner consistent with biblical principles.” Oral arguments were heard last week in the U.S. Supreme Court, and a ruling is expected in June.
The legal fight began in September 2012 when Hobby Lobby filed suit in Oklahoma over the federal mandate that requires businesses to include in their healthcare packages the “morning-after pill.”
Meanwhile, the chain plans to open 40 stores nationally this year. The Burbank location at 641 N. Victory Blvd. was previously occupied by Orchard Supply Hardware.
“We feel that we can bring a very unique shopping experience to the area,” said Vince Parker, Hobby Lobby spokesman, in an email. “We are looking forward to becoming part of the community.”
Joy Forbes, community development director for Burbank, said the store will fill a vacancy in the local retail market.
“It provides a Michael’s-like store but with added features that Michael’s doesn’t offer. It should be a good complement to the city,” she said.