Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby is adding three more stores in Southern Arizona, including one at a highly anticipated south-side shopping center and another in Nogales.

The crafting and home decor giant opened its first Tucson store in 2013 at Broadway and Craycroft Road, where Mervyn’s once was.

“With that as its only store in Tucson, its sales have been very strong,” said Nancy McClure, first vice president with CBRE, who represented Hobby Lobby in the leases, along with David Leathers of D.E. Johnson & Associates.

Customers had been asking for additional locations closer to where they live, McClure said.

The new stores, which will open next year, at Oracle and Orange Grove and Interstate 19 and Irvington, “will address that customer demand and likely attract new customers who didn’t want to drive all the way across town,” she said. A third store will open in Nogales, Ariz.

Hobby Lobby first entered the Arizona market in Phoenix in 2006.

“With the positive response we’ve received from our Arizona customers, we believe this is a great state for us,” said Bob Miller, the company’s communications coordinator. “We have many loyal customers in Arizona and we enjoy helping them lead a creative life.”

Founders David and Barbara Green began by making miniature picture frames out of their home with a $600 loan in 1970. Two years later, they opened a 300-square-foot store in Oklahoma City, where the company is headquartered today in a 9.2 million-square-foot manufacturing, distribution and office complex.

Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sundays to allow employees time for family and worship, the company’s website says.

Hobby Lobby has 10 stores in the greater Phoenix area and one in Sierra Vista.

The company opened 56 stores in 2016 with 60 more planned for this year. It has more than 700 across the country.

The Nogales store will be 50,123 square feet in the Mariposa shopping center, on Mariposa Road, west of Grand Avenue.

A 55,220-square-foot store will open in Plaza del Oro shopping center on the northeast corner or Oracle and Orange Grove roads.

A 55,185-square-foot store will open at The Landing, the shopping center under construction on the northwest corner of Interstate 19 and Irvington Road.

Announced last year by developer Bourn Cos., The Landing has attracted several tenants including T-Mobile, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Southern Arizona Urgent Care, Chipotle and Oregano’s.

Contact reporter Gabriela Rico at grico@tucson.com.