Hobby Lobby location coming to Chico

The craft store Hobby Lobby plans to open up a location in Chico, but some people are concerned with the business's opening because of its past stance on birth control.

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 10:37 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 10:00 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The craft store Hobby Lobby plans to open up a location in Chico, but some people are concerned with the business's opening because of its past stance on birth control. 

Hobby Lobby owner and Christian conservative Steve Green went to the Supreme Court in 2014 over the birth control coverage in the Affordable Care Act. 

Green argued that the company's corporate spiritualities exempted it from covering birth control expenses to its employees. 

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court decided that this was true, and it recognized a for-profit corporation's claim of religious belief. 

However, a few residents still are unsure about the opening. 

"I think it's wrong. I personally wouldnt want to work there, and I do feel bad for the women who do have to work there that don't get the necessities that a healthcare provider should or an employer should cover.  That's why I wouldnt work there, but I'll still shop there," said Kalynne Vansch, who lives in the area. 

Others, though, are welcoming the addition because of the economic opportunities. 

"It's definitely good, especially for Chico, because there's been a lot of businesses going out with the disaster and everything going on. You got your homelessness, prices are going up like rockets, and its a good thing that at least we get some more businesses in and start growing things and keep the economy on the up," said another resident, Michael Platz. 

The only other Hobby Lobby's within 100 miles are in Redding and near Sacramento.

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