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The health of local hobby shops, another perspective...


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MidSouth Hobbies, in Memphis, TN, continues to rock the local hobby world. After about three weeks, the expansion is getting close to complete. They are moving across the parking lot, and more than tripling their space.

 

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This picture illustrates it well:

 

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If you don't "do" Facebook, there are far too many pictures to share, all great. And all feature local guys who shop at MidSouth Hobbies, lending their expertise and their backs in getting the new location up and running.

 

For those who refuse the Facebook, a number of pics follow which I took from the page. MidSouth Hobbies is the finest model shop I've ever been to, and like a good and healthy shop is close to the street, close to the modelers. And they feature stuff with a better profit margin, like RC airplanes, slot cars [and you can see men from the local club moving the track], railroad, books, balsa, and a new line of merchandise, gaming miniatures [WarHammer and D&D, plus a great selection of old tabletop gaming wargame stuff]:

 

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Pictures from the old shop across the parking lot:

 

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Nittany Line was OK for supplies and such. And the place in Altoona (Gene's Trains?) had some items. I think the nearest actual hobby shop is in Harrisburg... I don't count the new Hobby Lobby in Altoona as they don't have much.

 

Eric

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MidSouth Hobbies is hoping to make the reopening date of 4/1/12, but it's going to be tight. They've emptied most of the old shop, although they still have one very big thing to remove - their main slot-car track. [They've got two, one a plain oval, the other quite complex.] Getting the new shop ship-shape is going to take a bit of doing if they hope to be done in two days! In a couple of these pictures, you can see the owner, Emmo Hein:

 

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Here's a pic of the track that still needs moving:

 

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