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View Poll Results: How far would you be willing to drive for a quality local hobby store?
Up to 10 miles or 10 to 20 minutes 4 14.29%
10 to 20 miles or 20 to 30 minutes 7 25.00%
20 to 30 miles or 30 to 40 minutes 6 21.43%
over 30 miles or 40 minutes or longer 11 39.29%
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Old Mar 21, 2004, 12:51 AM
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I am in the process of opening a store in the Wichita Ks. area and wanted to find out how far others are willing to go for a great store.
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Old Mar 21, 2004, 01:32 AM
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Surely it would depend on the competition in the area - If you are better than a store a few miles closer people may travel the extra miles - If you aren't they won't.

You need to check out other local competition - that is far more important than distance.
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Old Mar 21, 2004, 04:28 PM
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I have checked the local competition and while the few shops we have in the area are ok they all have the same problem. First, they are general hobby stores that don't carry alot of the stuff you need. But the biggest problem is that they are all closed by 5:00 or 6:00. I find that normaly when I need parts it's late enough that I have to wait until the next day, as a result I miss out on a day of flying because I'm fixing what I could have fixed the night before. I have talked to a few of the local flyers and they all agree. My store will cater only to airplanes (gas and electric) and will be open till at least 8:00 and probably 10:00 on weekends.
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Old Mar 22, 2004, 01:38 PM
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I was hoping for more response than this. If there is anybody out there in the Wichita area I would like to know what you think. From the response so far it looks like most of you would be willing to make the drive. My hope is that for a shop that is open late and hosts indoor fly-ins on site as well as knowledgeable people and even a place where you can get help building and a place to store your airplane that I can get even those that would not normally be willing to make the drive to come on out.

Thanks for the response
Carl
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Old Mar 23, 2004, 09:49 AM
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When I was stationed at Whiteman AFB, MO, I had considered opening a shop myself. Something I thought about were instructional mock-ups for newcomers. For example, a bare bones left-half of an aircraft that would show linkages and construction details. Perhaps a wing covered with several sections of different covering materials to various finishes available. Instructional workshops kind of like Lowes and Home Depot do would be nice.
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Old Mar 23, 2004, 10:08 AM
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I've been traveling to Wichita since 1975, mostly on USAF biddness. I've seen alot of shops come and go there. You would think the aviation capitol, with so many folks in the aero industry would make a shop profitable.

I hope you can find a location BETWEEN the airport and McConnell. So frustrating to have to go ALLL the way to the other side of town

Tom
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Old Mar 23, 2004, 09:37 PM
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I drive about 300 miles to get to a "local" hobby shop. My "local" hobby shops are Action R/C in Denver, and Hobbies 'n Stuff down in Albuquerque. I'm about halfway between them both. I make an annual trip to one or the other and stock up on fuel and building supplies.
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Old Mar 24, 2004, 05:01 AM
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tjr, I like your idea. A cutaway of a fuse would probably be really hepfull to the first timers out there.


Majortomski, I agree. I think the problem is that the cost is so high that most shops just can't survive. I'm looking at a building about 15 miles north of Wichita on highway 81 that is 5,000 sq. ft. for alot less a month than something in town so I will be able to sell for considerably less.


ctdahle, I guess I can put you down as 40 minutes or longer.


I am think about offering a discount to people from RC Groups.

Thanks,
Carl
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Old Mar 24, 2004, 05:04 PM
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I have a hobby shop 10 minutes away, and I drive to the one that is 45 min away. The closer shop is owned by a real *&^$(%, and that isnt just my opinion. Anyway, People will drive to get what they want, People prefure to buy something from someone who actualy knows what they are selling and what it is used for ( unlike some sellers )

Good Luck
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Old Mar 27, 2004, 08:45 AM
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My local hobby shop is 5 min away, it a goood hobby store. If they dont have what you look for they order it for you then you come back and get it.

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Old Mar 28, 2004, 09:36 AM
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I live in Northwest Tenn. and I think it is great that you are putting in a Flying Store only. We have a few in our area but they are some distance from me also. From a little less than an hour to over an hours drive. Most of them are starting to cater to the cars and trucks which means they are scaling down the airplane supply. Good luck on your new store and have fun.
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Old Mar 29, 2004, 11:45 PM
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I have 2 LHS within 5 minutes or so of the house.. but the best one (really no comparison) is about 20 minutes from the house.

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