One of Dawson County's newest retail stores officially opened its doors on Monday morning to a crowd of shoppers that flooded the store after the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
The store had a soft opening on Friday and Saturday in preparation of the onslaught of patrons this week.
Susan Adams, store manager, welcomed the gathered community leaders, chamber of commerce members and shoppers to the grand opening celebrations at 9 a.m.
"We hired a little over 70 people to help us get the store up and running and they've done a fantastic job and they're very dedicated, not only to the store, but to the community as well," Adams said.
David Brown, the district manager for Hobby Lobby, said that the company is very excited to be in Dawsonville.
"My store managers in Cumming and Gainesville may not be too glad that we're in Dawsonville, but they'll get over it," Brown said.
U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, attended the grand opening on his way back to the District of Columbia.
"The ninth district is about family," Collins said to the gathered crowd. "I don't care if it's Cumming or Gainesville or Dawsonville, my wife is thrilled about having multiple choices of Hobby Lobby. Dawson County is growing in such a way that is amazing and I know that if you see me back here I'll be traveling behind a little five foot two blond woman that I love dearly."
Collins was the first to make a purchase at the grand opening. He purchased a small tin container with a picture of an Easter rabbit on the front for his wife, Lisa.
The gathered group prayed in front of the new store before Adams cut the ribbon.
The Dawsonville store makes Hobby Lobby's 37th location in Georgia.
Hobby Lobby has more than 700 stores across the nation.
Each store offers more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products including floral, fabric, needle art, custom framing, baskets, home accents, wearable art, arts and crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies.
The 55,000 square-foot retail facility is located at 900 Marketplace Pkwy. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The store is closed on Sunday.
The store will be joined by Marshalls, which opens Thursday at 8 a.m. and Ross, which opens Saturday at 9 a.m., both in the same shopping center.
Also coming to the Kroger Marketplace center this year are Home Goods, Ulta, Kirkland's, Bealls Outlet, Famous Footwear, Verizon Wireless, Petco, Five Below, Supercuts, United Community Bank, Mint Dental and Cara Blanca Nails.
Restaurants include CheeseBurger Bobby's, Rising Roll Gourmet Sandwiches, Panda Express, a drive-thru Starbucks Coffee, Señor Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Marco's Pizza, another drive-thru restaurant and two additional restaurants.