Hobby Lobby defied Gov. Mike DeWine and reopened its Ohio stores—it didn’t go over well

Arts and crafts retailer reverses decision to reopen in Ohio after receiving cease-and-desist letter
FILE - In this Monday, June 30, 2014, file photo, customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in...
FILE - In this Monday, June 30, 2014, file photo, customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has completed its $8 million purchase of a bankrupt Catholic university's campus near Oklahoma City, which it has agreed to lease out to another Christian college. Documents filed in federal bankruptcy court Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2018, finalized the sale of the more than 70-acre St. Gregory's University campus, buildings and other property in Shawnee. Hobby Lobby has agreed to lease the campus to Oklahoma Baptist University, a private Christian college in Shawnee. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)(Sue Ogrocki | AP)
Updated: Apr. 2, 2020 at 6:34 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOIO) - Hobby Lobby closed its Ohio stores in the wake of Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, but in a controversial move, the arts and crafts retailer reopened it’s locations on Wednesday morning.

Upon hearing the news, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued a cease-and-desist letter, which ordered Hobby Lobby to shut down.

By Wednesday night, Yost had received word from the retailer’s legal staff that the stores would be closed immediately.

While Hobby Lobby is closed again, other craft stores in Ohio remain open.

Michael’s is offering curbside pickup and JoAnn Fabrics still has its doors open.

DeWine pulled no punches earlier today regarding non-essential businesses that attempt to defy his order;

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