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Offline starsiegeplayer

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Well, my neighborhood hobbytown closed :(
« on: January 31, 2019, 11:43:10 pm »
My neighborhood hobbytown closed up shop this week.  I was one of their first customers.   The owner and employees knew me by name.  Most of the builds I have posted on this site came from there, and nearly all of my builds had supplies and paint from them. 


I kindof knew this was coming.  Hobbico's going bankrupt really hurt them because they  relied on Hobbico as a distrubutor. I was in the shop late last year when someone came in to buy Estes rockets and the employee had to refer the customer to Hobby Lobby.  When I asked the employee about it, he was very frustrated and told me that with Hobbico gone they were having trouble keeping the shelves stocked.   Then in December the owner told me that the landlord was going to raise his rates substantially in January, beyond what he could afford. 

Three weeks ago when I went in to get some more paint, I saw the sign. The owner couldn't afford the new rent, and moving would have cost a couple thousand dollars, so he decided to liquidate whatever he had left after Christmas (and he had sold nearly all his inventory by then).

So I'm bummed.   At least there is another nice shop about 30 minutes away, and there is still a Hobby Lobby near me.

Offline Tiburon

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Re: Well, my neighborhood hobbytown closed :(
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2019, 11:52:19 pm »
That sucks dude i'm sorry. We have a hobby town about 30 mins away from my house and I love walking around it. I can get everything in there on amazon (and sometimes cheaper), but sometimes its nice to be able to walk around and look at everything before buying. I always to make a point to buy a good portion of my supplies etc from the brick and mortar store.

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Re: Well, my neighborhood hobbytown closed :(
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2019, 07:22:01 pm »
That totally sucks.  There was Hobby Works nearby, and it closed last year.  Nearest LHS is now a 45 minute (minimum) drive away.  I still buy whatever I can from the LHS.
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Re: Well, my neighborhood hobbytown closed :(
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 07:27:33 pm »
I take a ride to Lee's Toy and Hobby in Groton Ct. about every other month as that is the closest to me in Rhode Island where I can get what I need. It is about an hour ride.


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Re: Well, my neighborhood hobbytown closed :(
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2019, 02:13:26 pm »
Yup....  The retail Armageddon continues......

My LHS closed a year ago, so closest one now is almost an hour drive. (I live in the boonies).

Ford and Chevy are planning to build only trucks from here out.

My grocery store had a lot of noticeable empty shelves last week.

And now, Victoria's Secret is closing 53 more stores!!!
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Re: Well, my neighborhood hobbytown closed :(
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2019, 04:34:57 pm »
It's pretty bad here in north central West Virginia. We use to have train shops in a few places, but those went away in the late nineties.

My nearest hobby shop is 2+ hours away in another state. The nearest retail chain, a Hobby Lobby, is about 80 min away if traffic isn't bad.
Only thing within 15+ minutes is a Walmart, NAPA auto and McDonalds. So I have to buy nearly everything modeling specific online. Really sucks
when trying to figure out what colors of paint to get ...

And as far as I am aware, the only listed IPMS chapter in West Virginia has been comatose for 4+ years.
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Re: Well, my neighborhood hobbytown closed :(
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2019, 04:54:39 pm »
I'm somewhat lucky, since I have a very nice shop within 30 minutes of me. Don't go very often, because when I do I spend too much. But there is also a HobbyTown about the same distance in the opposite direction. And a Hobby Lobby is due to open down the road from my work this year. I still order stuff online from various places when cost is a defining issue-which will be more relevant since my employer is cutting hours. Losing the local hobby shops is an unfortunate byproduct of the digital age and the internet.

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