March 2017

Digging deeper
You need pre-employment background checks, but be careful when getting them
Happy staff, better profits
A toxic work environment is bad for business; workplace psychologists tell how to create a positive, productive store, starting with you
Understanding new income rules
The Financial Accounting Standards Board recently issued a new standard on revenue recognition; how will it affect your taxes?
Something for everyone
Antiques and train supplies come together to attract the largest crowd
Fast Tracks
Fast Tracks to buy Mt. Albert Scale Lumber
Canadian company Fast Tracks Hobbyworks announced it will be buying Mr. Albert Scale Lumber in the coming months.   Fast Tracks manufactures tools and other products for model railroad building. ...
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NRF predicts retail sales will increase 3.7-4.2 percent over 2016
The National Retail Federation has released their 2017 Economic Forecast. The forecast, which does not include automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, project total retail growth in 2017 to be bet...
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PETA asks Games Workshop to be fur-free
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) UK sent a letter to Kevin Rountree, CEO of Games Workshop, asking the company to ban “fur” garments from all characters in the Warhammer...
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Rocky Mountain Hobby Expo
Rocky Mountian Hobby Expo
The first annual Rocky Mountain Hobby Expo is slated for October 28-29, 2017 at the Denver Mart in Denver, Colo. Numerous hobbies, including drones, R/C, trains, scale models, dolls, diecast, gaming,...
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Toys and games see growth in 2016
The year end report by the NPD group has seen continued strong growth in the U.S. toy industry in 2016. The overall toy industry grew to $20.4 billion according to retail sales data, 16 percent large...
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Mobile phones increase sales, study finds
According to a press release from the National Retail Federation, digital sales are ever increasing and retailer's mobile investments are paying off. In "The State of Retailing Online 2017: Key Metr...
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HobbyTown moves to 3 new locations
HobbyTown has moved three of its locations. Below are the new addresses and contact information for the new stores. Orem (Salt Lake City Metro) Website: Location: 360 E. 800 S Or...
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Superior Hobby U.P. becomes dedicated hobby shop
Superior Hobby U.P., formerly Superior Carpet and Hobby in Iron Mountain, Mich., stopped selling outlet flooring and is now a dedicated hobby shop. The shop offers model trains, rockets, paint by num...
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HobbyTown ranked #317 by Entrepreneur Franchise 500
The 2017 edition of Entrepreneur Franchise 500 ranks HobbyTown as number 317. The 38th annual ranking used a unique formula that took into account the system size, growth and financial strength and s...
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Blue Orange Games
Blue Orange Games expands with 13 new releases
Blue Orange Games will announce its new product lineup at The American International Toy Fair on February 18-21, 2017. Joining their catalog of over 60 products are thirteen new games.   &ldqu...
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  • Superior Hobby U.P., formerly Superior Carpet and Hobby in Iron Mountain, Mich., stopped selling outlet flooring and is now a dedicated hobby shop.
  • Hogie’s Hobbies in Brocktown, Mass., closed due to slow business.
  • Finish Line Hobbies in Cheraw, S.C., converted to the HobbyTown brand on Feb. 1, after owner Jason King received a degree from HobbyUniversity, a training program offered by HobbyTown.
  • After 70 years in business, Harter’s Hobby House in Belleville, Mo., closed due to a lack of new customers.
  • Dragon’s Lair comics and game store opened a third location in Houston.
  • Marvel Entertainment promoted Nick Lowe to vice president of Content and Digital Publishing.

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