What Is HobbyTown USA?


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HobbyTown USA is a company that sells hobby products, such as radio-controlled helicopters, train sets and board games. The company operates over 160 retail stores across the United States. Local owners and operators maintain all of the chain?s stores, as of May 2015.

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HobbyTown sells products in its brick-and-mortar stores and online through HobbyTown.com. HobbyTown ships items within the United States through Fedex, UPS or USPS for a flat-rate shipping fee. The customer can also select in-store pickup for an order, in which case there is no shipping fee.

Product categories listed on the company's retail website include Radio Control, Models, Rockets, Indoor Fun and Outdoor Fun. Each category has several product subcategories. For example, the Radio Control category has subcategories for cars, plans, boats and helicopters.

Merlin Hayes, Mary Hayes and Thomas A. Walla, who is now the director of the company, founded HobbyTown in 1980. Their first hobby shop was located in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is now the site of the company's national headquarters. The first franchise shop opened in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1985, and the company opened its 100th store in 1992. HobbyTown partnered with Firelands Group in 2011, and its first co-branded stores opened in 2012.

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