Hattons Model Railways to close

08 January 2024
Well-known Liverpool-based model railway retailer, Hattons, has announced its closure after 77 years.

After 77 years of service to the model railway community, Hattons Model Railways regretfully announces its decision to close down. The closure marks the end of an era for one of the industry's oldest and most well-known retailers.

The decision to close was not made lightly and follows a thorough assessment of the current business landscape and retail trends. Despite the company's best efforts to adapt to changing market conditions, it has become clear that continuing operations is no longer sustainable. As such, the decision has been taken to wind down in an orderly fashion, leaving no outstanding debts.

Hattons Model Railways would like to express its deepest gratitude to its loyal customers, dedicated staff, and the entire model railway community for their unwavering support throughout the years. The company has cherished the opportunity to contribute to the passion and joy that model railways bring to people's lives.

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In the coming days and weeks, Hattons will conduct a clearance event to sell off all remaining stock. This presents a final opportunity for customers to acquire exceptional products at discounted prices.

Richard Davies, Christine Hatton and the entire management team at Hattons Model Railways extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey. While the business may be closing, the memories and connections forged within the model railway community will endure.

Hattons has produced a full explanation of how this affects customers on their website.

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Really sad news. I was a customer from the early days in Smithdown Road when my eyes were filled with wonder at the range of both models stocked and spares for repair business. My first Hornby 0 Tinplate and Hornby Dublo 3 rail sets were probably collected from Hattons by that popular carrier Santa Claus! I do hope the options on the table include a trade sale to maintain strong competition in a flourishing market. The youngsters in awe of the 1950s ranges could never have guessed the scale of the market Hattons would play a significant part in building! Thank you Norman and all who worked with the family. John

Posted by John Carr on Tue 09 Jan 09:41:47

This is a very sad start to 2024. It is sad for the Model Railway Industry-it is very sad for the Management of Hattons-very sad for the long standing excellent staff who have served both the Company and the customers so well for so many years. From the humble start in the "corner shop (s) much extended over the years to the slick modern site. It is sad for all the customers because they will miss the excellent service and the very kind and helpful staff. I hope they can all find new jobs although I feel sure it will not be same as the atmosphere in this special happy Company. Good Luck to you all Michael J Woodhams.

Posted by Michael Woodhams on Tue 09 Jan 09:37:57