If you live in Brownsville and have been holding on to those Hobby Lobby gift cards get ready to use them.

The Hobby Lobby Arts and Crafts Store in Brownsville is scheduled to open its doors to shoppers on June 21.

Brownsville’s Retail and Development announced the opening on its Facebook Page Wednesday morning and residents were quick to respond.

“SO EXCITED!!!,” Veronica Martinez Tamez said in a comment. Aracely G. Perez wrote, “Yes, I am ready.”

Hobby Lobby will occupy the old Kmart location at 2440 Pablo Kisel Blvd.

On Wednesday, a banner posted outside the store said “Opening Soon.” Numerous vehicles were parked in the parking lot that had been repaved in advance of Hobby Lobby’s opening.

Constanza Miner, the city’s retail and redevelopment manager, said in an email on Wednesday that a final inspection of the building has been scheduled for this week, which means that interior construction is wrapping up.

Miner said what she hopes will happen next is the cleaning of the building and the bringing in of the store’s equipment and inventory.

“What I can say is that, after much anticipation, opening time is almost here and we are really excited to welcome Hobby Lobby to our community,” Miner said.

Hobby Lobby stocks more than 65,000 items including arts and crafts supplies, fashion fabrics, baskets, silk flowers, party supplies and furniture.

This is the first Hobby Lobby in Brownsville. Harlingen has one Hobby Lobby while McAllen has two.

In late August 2020, John Deubler, vice president and general manager of Downtown Management Co. Inc., announced that Hobby Lobby would be coming to Brownsville.

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