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Local hobby store closing (3/21/2000)

Sad, but a sale is a sale....

Hobby Depot in Richfield is closing for good. The owners of their building did not renew their lease, apparently hoping to make a killing because the airport is forcing other nearby business to relocate.

Everything in their store is 20% off this month, 30% off in April, and 40% off in May.

They were mostly a model railroad shop, with a second strength in military plastic models. I was there today. Their rocket selection has always been pretty pitiful, and is mostly priced at full current retail (e.g., D motors at $9.95, so the March deal isn't particularly promising for most of the stuff...) They still had a couple of dozen Estes RTF and Custom kits, including a few discontinued things--a Maniac, a Sweet Vee, a MercAtlas, A Masters Ed. Shuttle, an NCR Patriot, an original R2D2 and some Star Trek stuff, and a couple of Aerotech rockets, including a starter set (with SUs, not reloads). Also a handful of AT SU motors (a few each of Ds, Es, Fs, Gs), and some Estes motors including a pack or two of almost every recently discontinued type. Also some plastic models of interest, including Russian kits of Sputnik and Vostok, and a Shuttle or two.

They still had a pretty decent paint selection, some airbrushes, a modest collection of tools, and a ton of HO train stuff.

I only spent about $25 (A couple of Estes nylon chutes at $3, paint, and some booster motors in various sizes), so clearly it isn't a roaring sale yet, but it might be worth a trip for some people.

(Ted Cochran)

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