In this week’s episode of the “Power Kid Podcast,” host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design speaks with Bob Wilke, president of HobbyTown.

Founded in 1980 with the purchase of the original HobbyTown store that had been operating since 1946 in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, HobbyTown began franchising in 1986 and has grown to a chain with more than 100 stores across 39 states. Wilke started his career as a franchise owner, eventually rising through the ranks to become president of the company.

During the conversation, Albritton and Wilke discuss the evolution of brick-and-mortar retail and the shift to an omnichannel system. Wilke shares insight into how HobbyTown — with its expanded mix of products including RC vehicles, trains, rockets, models, toys, and games — helps to support its franchisees in their efforts to build and maintain relationships with customers through the heart of the business: the community-building activities that HobbyTown promotes.

Part of the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network, the “Power Kid Podcast” presents in-depth interviews and conversations with some of the biggest names and rising stars in the toy, game, and family entertainment industries.

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