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Caboose closes suburban Denver store

COVID-19 influenced decision to end operations at brick-and-mortar location

Caboose, a hobby shop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colo., announced on Facebook that it has closed its store. 

In the post, dated December 31, it said, “It is with great regrets that the employee-owners of Caboose have decided to permanently close the retail storefront location at 10800 West Alameda Avenue in Lakewood. 

“The location was temporarily closed with the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus on March 18, 2020. Since that time, it has become apparent that ongoing brick-and-mortar operations are unsustainable, particularly considering the tremendous challenges posed by upgrading the retail location for safe operation in a post-COVID world. The building’s owners have therefore decided to put the building up for sale, and we are completing the process of vacating the space.”

Intentions are to keep Caboose PBC, Caboose’s public benefit corporation parent company, in operation. “We will be reassessing our situation and looking to the future regarding how we can best address our organizational purpose of cultivating the world community of train enthusiasts in our shared passion for trains.”

Additional updates will be posted on the Caboose Facebook page and on the store’s website, “Most importantly, thank you, our loyal customers for your enthusiastic support,” the post concluded.

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