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What Does HobbyTown and a Hollywood Star Have in Common?

Do you know who the winningest actor in all of Hollywood is? If you guessed Jack Nicholson or Meryl Streep, close but no cigar. The all-time champ is Katherine Hepburn, with four Academy Awards and 12 nominations. Some would say just making the list is an honor. We at HobbyTown couldn’t agree more.

Every year for the last 20 years, HobbyTown has achieved the equivalent of an Academy Award in the franchise industry—the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list. That is an accomplishment few companies can match.

How does a company make the list? Franchises are ranked on key factors like size and growth, financial strength, brand strength, costs and fees, and more. This year, more than 1,000 companies applied by submitting their Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), a legal document that outlines every aspect of the franchise business and is presented to potential franchise buyers—and to the folks at Entrepreneur magazine.

“We are honored to be selected as the #1 hobby retailer again this year,” said Mark Moore, HobbyTown Franchise Sales Director.

HobbyTown is proud to be recognized as a leader in the hobby industry. With stores in 41 states, HobbyTown is a retailer of choice for brand fans who love coming into our stores for remote-controlled (RC) vehicles, toys, games, models, and more. Their loyalty is helping drive sales, with HobbyTown Franchise Owners, on average, having annual sales of $892, 908.*

So let’s celebrate all the hard work, smart thinking, and brand passion that went into making HobbyTown a winner yet again. If you’d like to win big by becoming a HobbyTown Franchise Owner, click the LEARN MORE button today!

When a Hobby Grows Into a Business

CEDAR RAPIDS — Niels Christensen said he’s been racing hobby-grade remote-controlled vehicles in events around the state since 1990, oftentimes taking his family along. “It turned into a family outing,” said Musetta Christensen, Niels’s wife.

Now, that weekend family outing has turned into a business. The couple decided to buy into HobbyTown, a national hobby franchise with headquarters in Lincoln, Neb., after the Cedar Rapids hobby store Box-Kar Hobbies closed its doors. “It was kind of one of those things I’ve always wanted to do,” Niels said. HobbyTown is located in 2,800-square-foot space that previously housed Box-Kar. The majority of its items includes vehicles such as cars and planes, but the store also sells drones, quadcopters, board games and puzzles.

The store also tailors to model enthusiasts. “The modeling, I didn’t think would be popular — but there’s a big market for that,” Musetta said. “It seems like big-name stores have dropped those products, so this is a niche for us.” However, the majority of its customers are racers such her husband, she said. In fact, Niels the couple recently received permission from the landlord to host remote-controlled racing in the shopping center’s parking lot this coming summer.

The benefit of buying into a franchise, rather than opening their own small business, is the help received from the national company, Niels noted. When the couple had a funeral to attend on a Saturday, for example, an employee from an out-of-town HobbyTown was able to keep the store open for them. “We could have started our own business, but we would have had to learn by fire, which would not have been good,” Niels said. Through their store and their experience, the Christensens said they hope to bring more popularity to hobby-grade interest and racing in Cedar Rapids.

Are you looking to turn your hobby into a business? Click the LEARN MORE button today to be like Niels!