Two new, popular national chain stores have just opened in the Attleboro area.
A Hobby Lobby arts and crafts and home decor store is now doing business in Bristol Place shopping plaza off Newport Avenue (Route 1A) in South Attleboro, near the train station and Pawtucket line.
And a Dollar General discount store has opened in the former Benny’s space off Route 1 in North Attleboro.
A grand opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for 8 a.m. today for the Dollar General at 110 East Washington St. (Route 1), but a grand opening ceremony has already been held for the Hobby Lobby.
Dollar General stores sell national and private name brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health/beauty products.
It’s opening stores in several former Benny’s locations, including in Mansfield and Seekonk.
Benny’s, the discount chain where customers could buy everything from toys, pens and mops to a quart of oil, tires and pool supplies, closed at the end of 2017.
Management said the closure was due to changing retail trends and the owners’ plans to retire. The chain had run for 93 years.
The shutdown cost over 700 jobs, about half of them full-time.
There are also Dollar Generals in Pawtucket, East Providence and Central Falls.
Each Dollar General employs from six to 10 people. The chain numbers about 15,500 stores in 44 states and is based in Tennessee. It began in 1939.
As for Hobby Lobby, the store is located in part of the space that was left vacant by the closing of Kmart. TJ Maxx previously relocated to the other section from South Attleboro Square plaza.
The Hobby Lobby is the chain’s fifth location in Massachusetts, including Route 6 in Seekonk, and joins more than 850 stores across the country.
Hobby Lobby, based in Oklahoma, started in 1972.
The stores are not open Sundays for religious reasons.
Bristol Place is also home to Home Depot, Market Basket, Bob’s Store and other businesses.