So, Modelzone is no more. The last stores have closed and a brave attempt to build a national chain of model shops has died a death.
Doubtless the shops themselves will now be boarded up and the landlords will get no rent. I always wonder if they wouldn't have been better to have worked with the administrators to try and keep the group alive and bring in some income. I wonder if Deloite could have understood the business better and done some deals, or did they just want to kill of a chain that that didn't understand as quickly as possible to collect the fee?
Modellers will moan a bit but then head back to Hattons to buy their goodies. Some of us will lament the ability to pick up a pot of Humbrol on the high street (not my high street, I'm all right in this respect) but then you can't build a business on the back of a few pots of paint and glue.
I wandered in to the Birmingham branch on Tuesday and left with a bag of knock-down prince materials. It felt like picking over the bones of a corpse and I really felt for the staff stuck being nice to punters but knowing that next week they would be standing out in the cold. I wish them luck.