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The first major retailer has opened in Bossier City’s newest shopping development.

Hobby Lobby officially opened Monday morning in Dement Crossing, located on the corner of George Dement Boulevard and Airline Drive. Among the first customers in the store was Sheila Snyder of Shreveport.

Courtesy Photo | Hobby Lobby employees excitedly await customers on the store's opening day.
Courtesy Photo | Hobby Lobby employees excitedly await customers on the store’s opening day.

Snyder is a frequent Hobby Lobby shopper because she loves doing craft projects. She was excited about the store opening because of how convenient its location is.

“It’s about a 10 minute drive from my house,” Snyder said. “I love Hobby Lobby. It’s one of my favorite stores.”

Several more businesses and restaurants will open in the development over the coming months. A ribbon cutting for Kroger Marketplace is scheduled for early November. Opening dates for other businesses in the development have not been announced as they are still under construction.

The new traffic signal on Airline Drive at George Dement Boulevard was turned on Oct. 6. The road, named for the late Bossier City Mayor George Dement, runs between Hobby Lobby and Kroger Marketplace before meeting at Plantation Drive.

The city is in the process of completing the Plantation Drive extension behind the new development. While the northern half is complete, Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker said there is still some work to be done on the southern end of the connection, adding that it should be finished in the coming weeks.

Once finished, the Plantation Drive extension will connect Airline Drive to Viking Drive and also have a connection at Douglas Drive.