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Old 08-04-2004, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

As we've discussed in my previous thread (http://www.rctech.net/forum/forumdis...0&pagenumber=2) we are working towards an indoor track in San Diego by getting the retail store portion up and running first.

The shop will be located at 243 N. Highway 101, in Solana Beach right off of Lomas Sante Fe Drive, right between Java Depot and the Tidewater in a place called The Boardwalk mall.

We are scheduled to open the first or second weekend in September, and there will be a weekend-long opening party/sale going on. We hope to have our Reedy Race DVD screening throughout the weekend as well.

The shop is small, and for now will be focused entirely on R/C land vehicles. Within 3 months, we will be carrying full lines of support parts for Associated, Losi, HPI, Tamiya, Hudy/Xray, Schumacher, Corally, Traxxas, Mugen, Serpent, Kyosho, and at least a few more that I am forgetting. The stock will not be 100% off the bat as it will take some time to get everything ordered and into the system, but we will try to have as much as possible ready when we open.

Within 6-9 months, we will fully cover 1/10-scale on- and off-road, 1/8-scale off-road, a few different monster trucks, and micro/mini stuff as well. From there we'll have to see how it goes.

Once we're up and running, the store will be open 10AM-6PM, 7 days a week. I might open up earlier on the weekends if there's interest. The "mall" we're in locks up at 6:30 so we can't be open later than that (although I can accept appointments... haha).

As of yesterday (August 3rd), the store has been carpeted and painted, and we're to the point of installing the pegboard and shelving, with display cases and signage on the way. I'll post some photos when some of that stuff is done.

I won't actually be working in the store, as I have a full time job already, though I hope to be in a bit on weekends.

If anybody has any suggestions or things they'd like to see in the shop, by all means let me know here.

Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2004, 12:48 PM   #2
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Looking forward to seeing the shop.
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Old 08-04-2004, 01:54 PM   #3
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Congrats on getting your shop going Shane, it's great to hear!
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Old 08-04-2004, 01:57 PM   #4
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Great shane. Good luck. I'll have to send my future brother-in-law there that lives in La Jolla to check it out for me.
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Shane i still have my key for the lock can you stay open for me hahahahah jk
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Old 08-04-2004, 05:15 PM   #6
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Nice try, we changed the locks for the store.
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hee hee darn ( jk) i have a few keys for the masterlock's for the two gates in the back if you want them, but im sure Brian gave you some.
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Old 08-06-2004, 01:19 AM   #8
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When you say we, do you mean Xtreme RC, or partners in the business?
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I mean my business partners in this venture. XRC is my job outside of all of this, and XRC is not in any way connected with R/C Tech or with anything else I do. I know people have passed various rumors around that R/C Tech was being sold or transferred to XRC, but that's not the case at all. It's all me in my spare time.

Similarly, Ampdraw is not connected to R/C Tech in any way.
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Got it. Thanks for the clarification. On a lighter note, when is the track opening up?
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Wish I knew! The more successful the store is, the sooner there will be a track. It's our collective goal. I'd also like to bring a national championship event to a visible area somewhere in San Diego, like make a bid for a ROAR nats. That is still a-ways off as well, though.
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From what I hear, it does take time. You have to learn to walk before you can run. Looking forward to your grand opening *SALE*.
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Cool! Congrats Shane!
I'll have to check it out sometime after I get my license...
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Good luck, good to see you'll be carrying other brands like Corally, Schumacher, etc.
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