Hobby Lobby coming to Northland Mall

Midwest Furniture set to open soon; vintage resale shop also joins the new lineup

Hobby Lobby will anchor the east end of Northland Mall in Sterling, owner Brookwood Capital Advisors announced.

STERLING – Drum roll, please:

Hobby Lobby will be the new anchor on the west end of Northland Mall, mall owner Brookwood Capital Advisors announced today.

It will occupy the entire space, formerly a Bergner’s department store, after it completes a multimillion dollar rebuild, Brookwood leasing director Lydia Chernitsky-Hamd said.

The remodel is underway, and the store likely will open in January, she said.

.Pending but not yet ready to be announced is a large business for the west end anchor spot once home to Bergner’s, Lydia Chernitsky-Hamd, leasing director with mall owner Tennessee-based Brookwood Capital Advisors, said Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

This will be the arts, crafts and home decor supplier’s 42nd store in Illinois. The closest outlets to the Sauk Valley are in Rockford, Peru and Moline; there also is a store across the Mississippi River in Clinton, Iowa. Go to https://www.hobbylobby.com/ to learn more.

Midwest Furniture will be opening within a month or two in the former JCPenney spot in the east end of the mall, anchoring that end, Chernitsky-Hamd said. Dunham’s remains the other large retailer in the center of Northland.

Rounding out the new local retailers will be a vintage resale shop owned by Lynn and Ed Berge called Out of the Box, which will offer collectibles and furniture, she said.

Its Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/outsidetheboxvintage.

When Hobby Lobby opens, the mall essentially will be at 100% capacity, Chernitsky-Hamd said.

It was at 70% when Tennessee-based Brookwood bought the mall at 2900 E. Lincolnway in late January for $1.7 million.

It immediately offered new tenants 6 months free rent to help them get their businesses established. More than a dozen took advantage of the offer.

They are:

The Toy Store



Emmie B’s Boutique



Janet & June Boutique




Flip Side Coffee & Espresso Bar



Sotelo Media




State of Mind



CS Tattoos


Schnappin Outlet



Midwest Furniture


4ever Paid


Bugsy’s Arcade and Gaming


815 419-4635

Elevated Beauty Supply

A Facebook page and phone number are in the works.

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Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.