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Southgate Mall in Missoula has received planning permission to renovate space for a new Hobby Lobby shopping store.

The Hobby Lobby would occupy the former 51,000 square foot Lucky’s Market grocery store space, which is currently used by Missoula County as a vaccination clinic site.

The general manager of Southgate Mall did not return a request for comment on Friday, nor did representatives of Washington Prime Group, the company that owns the mall. A request for comment from Hobby Lobby was also not immediately returned.

The building permit is for the renovation of the existing space as well as the addition of an exterior vestibule and a mezzanine for storage. The total cost of the project is estimated at approximately $2.4 million.

Hobby Lobby is an arts and crafts supply chain with stores in Billings, Helena, Great Falls and Kalispell, as well as 900 other locations nationwide. He has been embroiled in several controversies over the years.

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In 2012, he filed a lawsuit alleging that religious beliefs exempted him from providing emergency contraceptives under his employer-provided health insurance. The company won a 5-4 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in that case.

In 2018, a New York District Court ordered the company to return thousands of artifacts that had been looted from Iraq. And owner David Green has been accused of donating to anti-LGBTQ groups.

The Missoula Valley Winter Market, which operated in Lucky’s former space last winter, recently announced that its new location would be through the mall’s west entrance.

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