A Tejon Street institution is closing by the end of the month.
Compleat Games & Hobbies, located at 326 N. Tejon St., is closing after 22 years in business, said owner Ty Hare.
Hare started the business in 1990 as the Compleat Gamer, because he wanted to create a samller version of the very popular Levine’s Toy Store, which closed in October, 1989. He merged in 1996 with Great Games and Hobbies and moved to its current location.
Compleat Games & Hobbies is closing July 18-July 20 to prepare for its final closing business sale. Te sale will last from Saturday, July 21 through Saturday, July 28.
The store sells puzzles, board games, chess sets, plastic model kits, bumper stickers and slot car sets. It also provides space for gamers and kids who build models.
“We have high schoolers who come by at lunch at play, and we have regular groups who play weekly as well,” he said. “People who build model planes also come by. It’s a real community.”
He’s sorry to see that community go, he said, but felt it was time for new projects.
“I work full time at Hub International, in the Plaza of the Rockies,” Hare said. “And I run the store. There are some other projects I want to do – travel, among them – that I just can’t do and run the store. It seemed like a good time to do those projects.”
Hare owns the building, and hopes to lease the 4,000 square foot space to another business.
“I don’t really have any particular business in mind,” he said. “I’m getting more involved with downtown revitalization, so I am hoping to find something that will make downtown an even more interesting destintation.”