Iconic Connecticut Toy and Hobby Store Closes After 60 Years

If you’ve got a hobby or just looking for that friendly local store for your kid’s toys or games, they’re getting harder and harder to find in Connecticut.

We now learn that there will be one less player in the game of hobby shops here in the state, as Amato’s Toy and Hobby announced that they will be closing in February after being a local staple in the 60’s. last years.

According to current.com, the longtime popular hobby store is not closing for economic reasons, it was essentially the decision of store co-owner Steve Amato, who decided that he and his wife would retire and shut the business at the end of the year. February.

Amato noted he’s been working at the store since 1974, and although he considers his customers like family, he’s tired and ready to quit.

To put it in perspective, Amato’s Toy and Hobby is part of the community and a staple for toys and hobby supplies long before there was even a Toys-R-Us, and the store. survived for a few years after the national toy giant folded.

Right now, there’s rumor that a local developer is considering replacing the iconic toy and hobby store with an upscale six-story apartment complex.

With its closure, that leaves the state one less hobby store. Over the past 10 to 15 years, most local hobby and toy stores have closed and succumbed to online retailers as hobby enthusiasts have turned to sites like ebay and Amazon for their supplies.

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