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Columbus, MS (WCBI)–It’s some more good retail news for Columbus.Hobby Lobby is opening in Leigh Mall next fall. One of the nation’s largest hobby and crafts retailers will go in renovated space that previously was Sears adjacent to the Sears Home Store that opened earlier this year. The 43-year-old Oklahoma-based company is family-owned and operates 578 stores nationwide that average 55 thousand square feet. Hobby Lobby will join Dick’s Sporting Goods and Michael’s as major retailers planning to open in Columbus in 2014.

“It’s going to open a lot of doors for us here. It’s going to give us a new clientele, open the doors for national and regional tenants that we’re already starting to here from. It’s something we’ve worked really hard on. We’ve worked on this for a long time and we’re very proud of it.”

Construction has already begun.

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