Hobby store expands by one-third, adds products

HobbyTown USA on Post Road has expanded its floor space by one-third and increased its peoduct lines by taking over space previously occupied by a martial-arts studio..
HobbyTown USA on Post Road has expanded its floor space by one-third and increased its peoduct lines by taking over space previously occupied by a martial-arts studio..Contributed Photo

HobbyTown USA has expanded its Post Road store by one-third, taking over adjacent retail space and increasing its product lines of toys, games, models and other hobby products.

The 847 Post Road shop expanded from 3,000 square feet to 4,000 square feet by acquiring space previously occupied by a martial arts studio next door in the Fairfield Shopping Center at Post and South Benson Road, owner Marc Rosenblum said.

The shop has added new product lines and deepened existing lines of toys, games, models, trains, radio-control vehicles, science kits, arts and crafts supplies and other products, HobbyTown USA said in a news release.

The Fairfield franchise is one of 170 stores in the Lincoln, Neb.-based chain.

It has been at its present location seven years and has 15 employees. Rosenblum said it is the the largest toy-and-hobby shop in Fairfield County.

The store was closed for one day for removal of a wall, installation of new flooring and painting but now is in the larger space, the owner said. A grand reopening is scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 7.

In addition to allowing more merchandise, the expansion will enable the store to host more events, according to the release. It currently hosts weekly and monthly meetings of local gaming and modeling groups and a semi-annual model contest.

"Our customers have been asking for certain products which up to this point we have not had the space to carry," Rosenblum said in the release.

But when the Stryker Martial Arts Studio relocated to the Black Rock Turnpike, HobbyTown USA grabbed up the vacated space.