Popular Montreal hobby store closes after 27 years – Montreal

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From trains to airplanes to automobiles, the Hobby Junction in Dorval, Quebec has been a popular spot for modelers since the 90s. But that will soon be coming to an end.

The store will close in March.

David Jenkins, one of the three partners, says he has always been interested in model trains and has had the opportunity to make them more than a hobby.

“The company I worked for closed, I was out of a job, and I got my hands on two friends and decided to go into business,” says Jenkins.

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None of them predicted the store’s popularity.

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“When we opened our doors, we didn’t even think we were going to stay that long, we thought maybe 10 years,” says Jenkins’ partner Anthony Chan. “Time has passed quickly,” he adds.

The store was more than just a business, it was a place to meet and make new friends.

“We thank the customers for coming. It’s been a long way. We enjoyed all their company. The laughs, the little nudges at each other, you know,” Chan says.

But times have changed and over the years habits have changed. According to Jenkins, people aren’t doing as much modeling and the internet has created competition.

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Customers beg to differ. Ernesto Sebastian says he’s been shopping at Hobby Junction for over 10 years and is sad to see him go.

“It’s just the atmosphere. The feeling you get when you come here. You don’t get that everywhere,” he says.

“A lot of people are sorry,” Jenkins says. “They wish we could stay, but it’s just something the three of us decided to do this year.”

Although they will miss going to work every day and seeing clients, they agree that it is time to move on to the next chapter.

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