Model train enthusiasts from near and far have only a few months left to enjoy the sights and sounds at the Ridge Road Station in Holley, because after 19 years in business, the store is closing its doors.
“It’s time to retire,” said Peter Mills, who along with his wife, Janet, has owned and operated the store since 1992.
Mills, a native of New York City and formerly of Brighton, owned Great Lakes Plumbing Supply for 25 years before moving to Murray and building the Ridge Road Station.
“I liked trains, and I thought maybe others would too,” he said simply of his original vision.
Mills doesn’t have a closing date set, but said everything needs to be gone by June 1.
And he means everything — the lights, fixtures and even the building itself is for sale. Mills said he’s gotten a lot of interest in the two steel buildings, which grew in size over the years to encompass 30,000 square feet. But come summer, the buildings will be dismantled, the blacktop removed and the site bulldozed.
The store owner said his wife will retire, but he has some other business plans in the works.
Marilyn Thaine of Kendall has been working at the Ridge Road Station for about eight years. She said Mills employs all local residents, with extra help brought on during the holiday season.
Although she’s sad to see the store close, Thaine said she understands it’s time to move on.
“You miss having your job, but it’s always good to move on to something new,” she said.
On a recent Wednesday afternoon in the middle of January, one would have found it hard to believe the store is “going out of business.” But the Ridge Road Station has not fallen prey to the economy. In fact, the store has seen nothing but good business.