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Rumor has it


Gazette staff February 19th, 2014

 So, all your friends on Facebook and Twitter are liars (or maybe just misinformed), and Hobby Lobby isn’t closing all of its stores. Rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. But you didn’t really believe it was closing, did you? Did you?

The rumors started after the company released a statement about its lawsuit about the parts of the Affordable Care Act that it doesn’t like, namely the parts having to do with contraception (you know, the part Hobby Lobby’s owners, the Green family, maybe, possibly don’t understand).

Hobby Lobby Inc. claims the healthcare mandate goes against the Green family’s Christian beliefs and, therefore, violates the company’s right to not provide certain types of insurance coverage to its 16,000 full-time and 12,000 part-time employees. According to NewsOK.com, the case will go in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in March, with a ruling expected by June.

To combat the rumors, the Oklahoma-based craft giant announced its plan to open 70 new stores this year and expand its glue-encrusted, bedazzled arts-and-crafts empire into Oregon and Vermont. That means the great old US of A will be home to 626 stores total by the end of this year. ’Merica!

Don’t worry, craft-loving ladies; Hobby Lobby will still have a place in your embroidery-covered houses — and pants — for the foreseeable future.

 
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