Hartman’s Model RR museum closing- Bartlett, NH

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Hartman’s Model RR museum closing- Bartlett, NH

Postby backroadrails » Sun May 20, 2018 7:34 pm

The Hartman’s Model RR meusum has been sold, it will be closing by the end of May. I talked with Yogi and he said most of the layouts have been sold but there are still a ton of models for sale. The hobby shop will stay open until the end of the year. He also said he had been trying to sell it for a number of years and there was a buyer which was looking at it to keep it open but the deal fell through when they couldn’t get financing. The new owners bought it for the land hence why everything is for sale. There will be a sale towards the end of the year as well, and the outdoor train I believe is still for sale. It will be sad to see it go, but Yogi seems happy that everything will be going to a good home. So make a trip to the museum before it’s gone!
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Re: Hartman’s Model RR museum closing- Bartlett, NH

Postby Stephen » Sun May 20, 2018 10:51 pm

Thanks for the update.
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Re: Hartman’s Model RR museum closing- Bartlett, NH

Postby FLRailFan1 » Mon May 28, 2018 10:26 am

backroadrails wrote:The Hartman’s Model RR meusum has been sold, it will be closing by the end of May. I talked with Yogi and he said most of the layouts have been sold but there are still a ton of models for sale. The hobby shop will stay open until the end of the year. He also said he had been trying to sell it for a number of years and there was a buyer which was looking at it to keep it open but the deal fell through when they couldn’t get financing. The new owners bought it for the land hence why everything is for sale. There will be a sale towards the end of the year as well, and the outdoor train I believe is still for sale. It will be sad to see it go, but Yogi seems happy that everything will be going to a good home. So make a trip to the museum before it’s gone!


Wow...another part of my youth is going to be gone. :(
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Re: Hartman’s Model RR museum closing- Bartlett, NH

Postby Otto Vondrak » Tue May 29, 2018 11:56 am

That's a sad story. It was a fun (and well-stocked) hobby shop to visit in the middle of the woods!

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Re: Hartman’s Model RR museum closing- Bartlett, NH

Postby FLRailFan1 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:26 pm

Otto Vondrak wrote:That's a sad story. It was a fun (and well-stocked) hobby shop to visit in the middle of the woods!

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Model Railroad stores are closing. In Tampa, when I moved here in 2005, there were 3 model railroad stores, now there is none. Hobbytown is the only place to get model railroad accessories, but it is in one corner...Chester Holly, Happy Hobo and one other (can't remember the name now) were great places. Chester died, but the owner of happy Hobo sold it and the new owner had the personality of a 2 by 4...
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Re: Hartman’s Model RR museum closing- Bartlett, NH

Postby b&m 1566 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:56 am

In this day and age where 99.9% of everything can be purchase with the click of a button, brick and mortar store's are seeing less and less business; hell you can even buy your groceries online and have them delivered to your house.
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Re: Hartman’s Model RR museum closing- Bartlett, NH

Postby BandA » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:57 pm

You think about the relationship between the retailer & the customer. But equally or more important is the relationship between the store and the supplier. If the supplies are coming from somewhere in China, they won't care about some mom-and-pop store. Also, rent or real estate valuation is a huge problem for something like a hobby store that probably has <1% of the turnover per square foot as the Walmart. In states like MA, inventory is heavily taxed. You would think with interest rates still very low that carrying costs would be low but I imagine there is still a lot of pressure. A modern hobby shop would need to have low costs, smart merchandising and an effective web presence - tough to find combination.
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