Hobby Lobby to open sooner than expected at Destiny USA – syracuse.com

Destiny USA sign

Destiny USA is seen in a file photo.Rick Moriarty | rmoriarty@syracuse.com

Syracuse, N.Y. — Hobby Lobby will open at Destiny USA in late December, the company said in a press release today.

That’s several months earlier than expected. Mall officials said earlier this year that the store wouldn’t be open until March 2022.

Hobby Lobby, a national retailer of arts and crafts supplies, is taking over a 60,000-square-foot space at the mall that was previously home to the Bon-Ton department store, the company said. That’s a change too. Hobby Lobby was originally headed to space formerly occupied by Kauffman’s Furniture, near Macy’s.

The Bon-Ton closed at the mall in 2016.

Hobby Lobby has 900 stores in the U.S., including 21 in New York. News broke that the chain was coming to Destiny over the summer.

Also opening in December is Offline, a sub-brand of activewear and accessories from retailer Aerie. Other recent additions to the mall’s lineup include Canadian fashion retailer Ardene and fashion and lifestyle brand Hugo Boss.

Destiny was hit hard be a series of major closings in recent years as well. Anchor tenants Lord & Taylor, J.C. Penney and Best Buy all shut down and the mall also lost multiple smaller tenants.

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