Australia's largest, family-owned, hobby retailer Hobbyco is celebrating 85 years in business this month.
Hobbyco has been bringing hobbies and toys to Australian kids and families since 1935 and is celebrating its anniversary with the opening of a new store in Westfield Burwood.
The new store will expand Hobbyco's retail footprint to four, joining the brand's other stores at Rhodes Shopping Centre, Chatswood Chase and its iconic flagship store in the Queen Victoria Building.
Hobbyco MD Mike Wall (affectionately known as Big Mike) said that the business has remained committed to introducing new hobby and toy products to consumers throughout its 85 years.
"The stores provide an immersive shopping experience where you can touch, feel and learn about the products and hobby techniques from our team of specialised in-store experts.
"Hobbyco has and always will be committed to introducing new products and creating new passions for our customers, young and old.
"It gives me a lot of satisfaction to see the different generations coming through the store, and we are committed more than ever to keep the passion of hobbies alive," he said.
However, it's not only the bricks and mortar footprint that's expanded for Hobbyco this year; its eCommerce presence has also grown.
"With many Australian families having experienced periods in lockdown, there has been a revival of some good old fashioned family fun such as building jigsaw puzzles, card and board games, plastic model kits, model trains sets, slot cars, and radio control everything, highlighted by Hobbyco’s explosive growth in online sales," the business said in a statement.
Hobbyco's new Westfield Burwood store is set to open in mid-November.