Focus Trends ~ Hobby & Craft

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Hobby & Craft: expansion and closures

The hobby and craft retail sector is dominated by Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics and Craft, and Hobby Lobby. Although Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics have historically been the largest players, Hobby Lobby has been expanding aggressively during the past few years.

The Numbers

The recent rise of DIY (do-it-yourself) and platforms such as Pintrest and Etsy have helped sales rise reliably for hobby and craft stores. Shoppers use Hobby Lobby and Michaels as their suppliers for their crafting activities, which they can then present on social media or sell through several online platforms.

With the focus on handmade items, it isn’t a surprise that these retailers are reliant on sales in their brick and mortar locations. Estimates are that around 95% of the sales in the hobby and craft sector are made in person.

Retail Strategies: Hobby & Craft expansion and closures_2017 (PDF)


The Numbers

Retailer NameExisting Stores 2016New StoresClosures 2016
Michaels Arts & Crafts10762513
JoAnn Fabrics8491213
Hobby Lobby737875
Hancock Fabrics256514
HobbyTown USA1551418
A.C. Moore13437

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