Over the past few days, concerned Hobby Lobby goers have been hearing that the store is closing for good.
Shoppers should rest assured that Hobby Lobby is not closing down. It’s all a hoax.
In fact, according to the Hobby Lobby company itself, the store is far from closing– it’s actually experiencing tremendous growth. 50 new Hobby Lobby stores have been added in 2017, and more are expected to be coming soon.
On Wednesday, the company released a statement that read:
Hobby Lobby often hears from concerned customers who have read on social media that the company is closing its doors… The good news is that the report is false. Hobby Lobby is not closing stores. The company looks forward to meeting customers’ expectations with super selection and super savings for many years to come.
Earlier this month, a site called the US Herald released an article that claimed CEO David Green was threatening to close down all 500 stores in the 41 states “because of religious persecution by the Obama Regime.” The article made its way through social media, and was shared over 200k times on mainstream social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.
Recently, the US Herald post was updated. The text on the page is now crossed out, and a paragraph at the bottom reads: “UPDATE: According to representatives from Hobby Lobby, the above letter is FALSE and has been circulating around the internet for some time. They are actually in process of opening more stores and are not closing. We apologize for any confusion to our readers and to Hobby Lobby.”
In 2014, Hobby Lobby made headlines for suing the Obama administration over the requirement that certain for-profit companies pay for contraceptives for their employees. The Supreme Court decided ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, who argued that the four forms of FDA-approved birth control methods were “abortion-inducing” and violated their religious beliefs on abortion. Snopes.com has argued that this suit may have been the root of the fake news claims that Hobby Lobby is shutting down.