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Old 01-10-2015, 02:34 PM
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Default Greenfield News and Hobby Closing! :(

I heard this rumor a few weeks back, but didn't want to believe it. The Milwaukee Journal now seems to confirm the bad news:

http://www.jsonline.com/business/gr...-288145821.html

I've been visiting this store since I was barely tall enough to see the rocket kits at the old Cudahy store. This is really sad news....

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Old 01-10-2015, 02:38 PM
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Old 01-10-2015, 04:05 PM
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It' always a sad thing when your hobby shop closes. The mom and pop hobby shops in my home area in Western Pennsylvania closed down in the early 80s. In spite of store like Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's etc. just having one or two shelves of models or rockets does not replace the hobby shop. Now that I live in the Twin Cities, I am blessed to have actual hobby shops in the area. My favorite one here is Hub Hobby Center with two locations. There also is Scale Model Supplies in St. Paul which specializes in long out of production kits (both plastic models and rockets) and we also have 3 Hobbytown USAs in the metro. Recently Hobby Lobby put a few stores in the metro as well. The hobby shops help me tolerate the cold winters here!
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:14 PM
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Wow.
Hate to see Mom-n-Pop hobby shops close.

I still have a local one about 10 miles from my home, and 3 really good olde-tyme ones within 10 miles of my work.

That number is less than half what it was 10 years ago in 2005 however.
The ones that have stayed around had to get much more competitive on pricing than in the past.
The ones that refused to change from a high margin (100%+) business model simply died.
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Man, if a hobby shop that big, clean and well stocked can't make it, the trend's a lot worse than I thought. Last time the Fox Valley Rocketeers were there, the place was pretty busy. I would not have guessed that sales fell by a third.

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Old 01-11-2015, 07:32 AM
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I'd have to think the internet killed them as much as anything else, just can't compete with the prices.
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I heard this rumor a few weeks back, but didn't want to believe it. The Milwaukee Journal now seems to confirm the bad news:

http://www.jsonline.com/business/gr...-288145821.html

I've been visiting this store since I was barely tall enough to see the rocket kits at the old Cudahy store. This is really sad news....

Andy

Same here. I got most of my rocketry supplies from the original Cudahy News & Hobby when I started out in rocketry around 1970. I was always begging my mom to take me down there so I could drool over the kits or buy more motors.
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Same here. I got most of my rocketry supplies from the original Cudahy News & Hobby when I started out in rocketry around 1970. I was always begging my mom to take me down there so I could drool over the kits or buy more motors.

Me too - but not quite that long ago.
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Bummer. They sold a good amount of Starlight Product when I was producing kits and selling parts wholesale. Always good to talk to them on the phone and at hobby shows.
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Wow.
Hate to see Mom-n-Pop hobby shops close.

I still have a local one about 10 miles from my home, and 3 really good olde-tyme ones within 10 miles of my work.

That number is less than half what it was 10 years ago in 2005 however.
The ones that have stayed around had to get much more competitive on pricing than in the past.
The ones that refused to change from a high margin (100%+) business model simply died.

Do you know if the Prop Shop in Centerline/Warren is still open? That was a required stop for me whenever I did a job in the Detroit area.

A lot of great stuff on their shelves!
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