Hobbytown Usa Of Hickory Already Shattering Franchise Records

Monday, May 11, 2009

Hickory's new HobbyTown USA is already one of the franchise's top performing stores in the country, just two months after its grand opening. The local store finished in the top three in sales during its first month in business and, as a result, ranks in the top five openings in franchise history.

The stores' early success suggests that Luke Walling, owner of the Hickory store, was indeed on to something when he decided to invest in the retail franchise despite wavering economic conditions and a shaky national retail market.

"I've known all along that Hickory is full of hobby enthusiasts and families looking for new, affordable activities," said Walling. "Plus, HobbyTown offers products that you can see, feel, drive and fly in person that you just won't see anywhere else." Walling says his confidence in the customers meant the poor economy was never a deterrent in opening the store.

"I am not surprised that HobbyTown USA is off to such a great start. As we move into the warmer months, and more residents look for family-fun, outdoor activities, we anticipate that this location will continue to be one of the top performing in the country," he added.

The franchise has a total of 173 locations operated by local owners across the United States.

"We are excited to see the reception the newest HobbyTown USA franchise has received in the Hickory, NC market. The grand opening of the locally owned Hickory store ranks among the top five openings nationally for HobbyTown USA in terms of gross revenue during the first 30 days of operation. When compared to established stores in the region, the Hickory store has been consistently among the top three producers," said Bob Wilke, Senior Vice President of HobbyTown USA. "We look forward to continuing to provide outstanding customer service and meeting the needs of the local hobby and specialty toy enthusiasts." HobbyTown is located at 2577 Hwy 70 Southeast in Shoppes Hickory between Wal-Mart and Lowes. For more information visit www.hobbytown.com or call 828-315-9658.

# # # About HobbyTown USA�: HobbyTown USA� has a unique variety of products that will satisfy the entire family. The store will specialize in toys; radio control cars, trucks, boats and planes; trains; slot cars; games; models; rockets and kites; science and activity kits; and paints and tools. HobbyTown USA� truly does have toys and hobbies for all ages.

Website: http://www.hobbytown.com Contact Info: HobbyTown USA Hickory 2577 US Hwy 70 SE Hickory, NC 28602 Phone: (828) 315-9658

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