New Hobbycraft store to open in Lakeside in September, creating 12 jobs

The UK’s largest arts and crafts retailer has announced it will be opening a new store in an Essex shopping centre, creating 12 new jobs. Hobbycraft will launch its new store at Lakeside Retail Park on September 12.

To celebrate the new store, Hobbycraft is also hosting a grand opening event on Saturday, September 16 with product offers and exciting activities, including free goody bags for the first 100 customers and live crafting demonstrations throughout the day.

The new Hobbycraft store will offer customers an “extensive” range of crafting products from baking, home craft, papercraft, knitting, sewing, kids’ crafts and model making to accessories for weddings, celebrations and more.

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Hobbycraft Lakeside has created 12 new jobs for the area, with the firm highlighting they are the “No.1 Best Big Company to work for” in the UK – awarded in May 2023 by Best Companies.

The new Lakeside Retail Park store will open on September 12
The new Lakeside Retail Park store will open on September 12
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The new store’s manager Gina Ford said: “We are really looking forward to opening the doors to our Lakeside store and sharing our passion for arts and crafts with the local community. Over the last few years, we have seen more people than ever take up crafting and we want to encourage locals to come down to the new store and share their crafting experience.

“We look forward to providing Thurrock customers with the ultimate retail experience, combined with fantastic crafting products at great prices.” The Lakeside store will offer customers a range of craft spaces in store, including craft workshops, digital cutting areas and Haberdashery areas.

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