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World's largest model train store is closing

Published: August 17, 2016
caboose Hobbies
Caboose Hobbies in Denver, reputedly the largest model-train store in the world, shut its doors for good on Sept. 25, and the owners said they planned to retire.

The store lost its lease at its current location on South Broadway two months prior to closing, and the owners, Duane and Joanna Miller, had to decide between moving to another location, selling exclusively through an ecommerce platform or closing the store entirely.

Before deciding to close, the Millers were attempting to sell off and move the more than 100,000 items housed within the 18,600-square-foot store. Duane Miller said he might move the remaining inventory to another location, where he would still be able to process orders made online.

In a post on the Caboose Hobbies Facebook page, the Millers explained that the decision to close or remain open was a hard one to make.

“Our understanding is that the building will probably be demolished, and the family that owns the land is going to lease the land to build something else,” said Ken Cook, former store manager.

Caboose Hobbies first opened in 1938 and moved to its final location in 1981.