Today’s post brought an announcement from New Jersey-based S scale specialty store, Hoquat Hobbies:
“Having returned from the Spring Spree in Dayton, it is time for a major announcement. I expect to close up shop for good and retire from the business at the end of 2015. I am busily doing inventory on all our stuff to make sure of exactly what is hiding on the shelves here. Once we finish, we will post inventory lists on the web site.”
Hobby shop closings are, unfortunately, frequent these days. S scale specialty shop closings are rare – but only because S scale speciality shops themselves are rare. And Hoquat has been serving the S scale community since 1977.
I did not buy much from Hoquat Hobbies – as a CNR prototype modeller, my needs are largely met through the purchase of basic materials and tools, rather than ready-to-run equipment. But I did pick up a few things from this store from time to time and always appreciated the excellent service.
I know the S scale community will miss Hoquat, but I’m sure everybody in that community wishes the folks at Hoquat all the best in their retirement.