WOOSTER — Crafters rejoice: By summer’s end, Wooster will have two new craft supply options on the North End.
Pat Catan’s will be rebranded and reopen as a Michaels in its current location at 3934 Burbank Road, while Hobby Lobby projects it will open its new Wooster location in the former Elder-Beerman space at 4095 Burbank Road in July.
The Wooster Pat Catan’s initially faced an uncertain future after its parent company, Michaels, announced in late January that all 36 locations in Ohio and surrounding states would close, and no more than 12 would reopen as Michaels stores. But a spokesperson for the company said Monday that the Wooster store is one of the 12 that will be rebranded as a Michaels.
“I can confirm that after a comprehensive review, we have identified the Wooster, Ohio, store as one of the 12 Pat Catan’s locations that we intend to rebrand and reopen as new Michaels later this year,” Mallory Smith, a public relations manager for Michaels, said in an email. “We look forward to reopening and inspiring the Wooster community to unleash their inner maker.”
Smith said the company expects the conversion process to begin around June 22, and plans to reopen the store in mid to late August. She added that all current Pat Catan’s employees who are interested in staying will be considered for positions with Michaels.
“We are committed to providing opportunities for all impacted team members and are working closely with our staff and the local communities to help manage through the transition,” Smith said.
Meanwhile, renovations are underway at the former Elder-Beerman location, where Hobby Lobby anticipates it will open its new Wooster store in July, according to a news release from the company.
The craft store company has signed a 10-year lease on the North End retail space, according to records from the Wayne County recorder. Hobby Lobby also can renew the lease for three successive terms of five years each, the records show.
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