Posts Tagged: HobbyTown Franchising

Franchise Owner Phillip Boyer is Still Revved up About HobbyTown

HobbyTown Franchise Owner Phillip Boyer loves what he does. Before he became the owner of his Buford, Georgia location, he was a store employee there for 15 years. When his boss told him of his plans to retire, Phillip jumped at the chance to buy.

“I am passionate about the hobbies featured in our store. My favorite is racing RC cars. In my store, almost 70 percent of my sales are RC cars,” he said.

One of Phillip’s favorite stories to tell is about a customer who was wheelchair-bound and came to the store for an RC car. Later, Phillip received a thank-you note from the man’s physical therapist thanking him for helping him become more active through this new found hobby.

Phillip is a hands-on kind of guy who says he works in his store six and a half days a week. He said he enjoys talking with customers and mentoring his staff, all of whom stayed on when he bought the store.

“Customers tell me that they enjoy coming to my HobbyTown because of my staff and that they are good problem solvers, especially compared to other stores they’ve shopped at. I model that professionalism for them, so I am proud of that,” Phillip said.

Recently, Phillip moved his store to a new location. He said the HobbyTown Corporate Team was extremely helpful in telling him what fixtures to buy and how to lay out the product.

“They give you a checklist that tells you exactly what to do before you open. And the Point of Sale (POS) system we have makes ordering and tracking inventory easy,” he said.

With his new store location set, Phillip is already thinking about new ways to enjoy his favorite hobby. He says he is talking with the Corporate Team about incorporating a rock-crawling track for RC cars into his store.

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HobbyTown Franchise Grand Opening in Modesto

HobbyTown is pleased to announce the opening of another new store. The hobby store is located in the Frontier Town Shopping Center which is at 3507 Tully Rd., Suite 90 in Modesto, CA. We want to welcome and congratulate Russel Coon Jr. & Sr. on their new store. We are very proud to have them join the HobbyTown family. We have three more new stores coming in the next few weeks: St George, UT, Palm Desert, CA and Toms River, NJ.

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HobbyTown Franchise Owner J King

Finish Line Hobbies to Become a HobbyTown

HobbyTown is pleased to announce Finish Line Hobbies has joined the HobbyTown Franchise. They are planning on relocating later this year and become a full line HobbyTown. Come and check out their expanded range of product at 528 Chesterfield Hwy in Cheraw, SC 843-253-5428. Their outdoor track is not far away on Covington Rd. Stop in the store and ask for directions, they are in the process of adding a rock crawling track as well as the off road and the pad for surface racing.

The owner, Jason King, has also purchased the existing HobbyTown in Columbia, SC and he is looking to open another store in the future. Congratulations and Welcome to the HobbyTown family.

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Sales Professional Leaves Behind the Corporate Grind to Become HobbyTown Franchise Owner

Steve Noel had had enough. After being laid off twice when the economy slowed, he was ready for his next opportunity and found it in franchising with HobbyTown. Said Steve, “I figured if I was going to lose my job, it’s going to be because I did something wrong.”

Having strong support from the HobbyTown team was important to him, too. “Three people from the Corporate Team came to help get my store open. Everything is thought out. The merchandise is pre-priced and pre-labeled, there’s a blueprint of how to lay out the store… the operations people were awesome,” said Steve.

Eleven years later, his Orland Park, Illinois location is going strong. He works in the store almost every day, but says it’s because he wants to, not that he has to. His wife Kim works with him, placing orders, doing inventory, and the bookkeeping.  His sales team is as passionate about customer relations as Steve is, and they help him keep his store exciting and new.

“To attract people to your store you need to change things up, make it interesting. Give them new products to get excited about. HobbyTown’s proprietary products really help cement our growth and we put a lot of focus on them in our store. Now people come in specifically looking for the HobbyTown branded products,” said Steve.

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Hobbies run in the family for Franchise Owner Scott Dayton

Scott Dayton became a HobbyTown Franchise Owner in 1999 after leaving a career in Project Management and Aerospace Engineering. He’d grown weary of the corporate world and set his sights on owning his own retail business.

Scott’s dad was a hobby enthusiast. Though he never grabbed on to a specific hobby himself, his dad’s interest in remote controlled boats and planes made him a regular customer at HobbyTown. The nostalgia of these experiences and his familiarity with the concept led him to consider franchising with HobbyTown.

Impressed with their inventory management and bookkeeping systems as well as their relationship and dedication to existing Franchise Owners, he decided to move forward and began looking for a location. He ended up purchasing an existing hobby store in Virginia and the HobbyTown corporate team helped him to build it out and get systems in place to start operating as a HobbyTown. He and his wife opened the doors of that first store in 1999.

Early on, Dayton remembers being in the store almost every day at first. The organizational and management skills he’d learned from his time in corporate came in handy with managing day-to-day operations and he grew in his product knowledge of their inventory. They’ve since grown to five locations throughout the area with no plans of slowing down and he now spends most days in his office running the behind-the-scenes of the business.

Where Scott’s story began with him as a kid in tow with his dad, he now loves to see college-aged customers who’ve been shopping with him since they were kids. In the changing times of the always-on internet and online sales, this customer retention proves the sustainability of brick and mortar stores that provide face-to-face, stellar customer service.

With 16+ years of owning successful HobbyTown stores, Dayton shared his secret, “I follow the HobbyTown system. And it works.”

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