Over at AMain they have announced that they have acquired HobbyTown. AMain has been handling some of Hobbytown’s web business for several years and now they have announced they have acquired the company. Here is the press release-
“AMain Hobbies is announcing an agreement in principle to the acquisition of HobbyTown, the largest hobby, specialty toy/game, and STEM retail chain in the World. The agreement, which includes the Lincoln, Nebraska headquarters and distribution center will begin later this summer. Combined with AMain Hobbies’ current distribution network, AMain will now have three strategically placed distribution centers to reach wholesale and retail customers with unprecedented speed. The combination of AMain Hobbies’ and HobbyTown’s industry experience, knowledge, and wealth of data will offer hobbyists an even wider product selection and modern retail shopping experience while making it easier and more profitable for stores to operate in the current economy.
“We are honored and excited to bring HobbyTown into the AMain Hobbies family,” states AMain Hobbies CEO Kendall Bennett. “With almost 40 years under their belt, HobbyTown has been the go-to place for countless enthusiasts, like myself, to fuel their passion for radio-controlled cars, airplanes, specialty toys, and games, as well as STEM toys. Thom Walla and Bob Wilke have developed a proven successful retail model, and we’re stoked to bring our expertise in eCommerce, customer service, and fulfillment to the table. Our mission is clear – we want to buck the current trend and expand the retail scene across the US. We want to create a space where enthusiasts can come together, discover new things, learn, and connect with others while enjoying their free time.”
The HobbyTown chain of 106 retail stores spans to 35 U.S. states and features a wide selection of radio control cars and airplanes, models, toys, puzzles/games, and Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) toys. Thom Walla, Merlin Hayes, and Mary Hayes founded HobbyTown Unlimited, Inc. in 1985 and opened the first franchise store in 1986. The company quickly grew into a hobby leader and continues to be a brick-and-mortar retail pacesetter where many enthusiasts nationwide are first exposed to the wonderful world of RC cars/planes, models, toys, games, and puzzles.”