What's your outlook for 2012 and how will it be better or worse than 2011?
In December, we asked hobby retailers what their outlook is for 2012 and how they think it will be better or worse than 2011. To
more, check out the February 2012 issue of Model Retailer.
January 9, 2012
Chris Merseal of CRM Hobbies, Saint Louis, Mo., said:
I'm being optimistic. I think the first part of the year will be good, but I'm not sure about election time. I think the election will make a big difference for everyone, not just those in the hobby industry.
Jerry Anderson at Jass Collectibles, Red Deer, Alta., said:
It can't be any worse than last year. It's an uphill battle when the powers that be at city hall haven't got a clue about business.
Michael Magee at Hub City Hobby LLC, Hattiesburg, Miss., responded:
Assuming the economy doesn't relapse back into recession, we expect sales to continue to grow. We had a very solid year in 2011, and we are planning for more of the same in 2012.
Chris Bercaw from Phil's Hobby Shop, Defiance, Ohio, had this to say:
My outlook for 2012 is great. How good your business is depends on the attitude you have. If you think it will be a good year, it will be. Customers are more willing to buy from happy and upbeat employees and stores. I believe that 2012 will be a better year than 2011.
Roy Ogle at Roy's Trains & Things, Clovis, Calif., said:
2012 is a year where we are going to have to be very careful. We're going to wait until the end of the year to make some decisions, not if we are going to stay open or close, but whether we need to scale back.
Bill Longcor at Feels Like Home LLC, Newton, N.J., responded:
My outlook is hopeful. We are located in a downtown area, and the merchants are doing some major work to revitalize the town shopping area. We are hoping it will make a big difference in business in a positive manner.