Doncaster model shop has a rapid return

long standing customers David Read, of Hallcroft Road, Haxey, picks up a prize lorry from Tag's Massive Models in Doncaster.

long standing customers David Read, of Hallcroft Road, Haxey, picks up a prize lorry from Tag's Massive Models in Doncaster.

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A Doncaster model shop which closed its doors last week is set to re-open - with its original owner back at the helm.

Town centre store Tag Models shut down after owners, national chain Modelzone, went into administration.

Tag Models, Nether Hall Road, Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley D5345MC

Tag Models, Nether Hall Road, Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley D5345MC

But now businessman Andy Fisher, who originally opened the store in 1977, has come out of retirement to re-open the shop for the town’s modelling enthusiasts.

He said: “I felt I had a duty to Doncaster’s modelling community.

“There’s a real demand for it and its something that needed doing.”

Mr Fisher, 63, who lives in Old Denaby, sold the Nether Hall Road based business to Modelzone in 2009 but kept the leasehold for the premises and decided to step in, despite retiring four years ago.

He is currently redecorating and restocking the shop which sells a wide range of radio controlled cars and aeroplanes, model railways, plastic kits, die cast cars as well as paint and modelling accessories.

“I spent 30 years building up the business and it was sad to see it go which is why I have come out of retirement,” he added.

“The store will be pretty much the same as it has always been,” said Mr Fisher.

“There are lots of people in Doncaster into the modelling scene and the aim is to cater for that need.”
Since taking up retirement, transport buff Mr Fisher has been travelling the globe, enjoying travelling on steam railways across the world.

“I have been all over the place. I have travelled to Zimbabwe. Java, India and the USA as well as all over Europe and to China too. I met my present wife in China and she is going to be involved in the business.

“I am very excited at starting in the business again. I would never have expected what has happened to happen but it has and its a fresh challenge for me to bring back a modelling shop to Doncaster.”

Modelzone, which owned nearly fifty shops across the country, went into administation earlier this year, reportedly with debts of £11 million.

Several stores have already closed and staff made redudndant but administrator Deloitte is still working to sell parts of the business and it is thought other stores in the West Sussex based chain could re-open in the future.

From humble beginnings to part of a nationwide chain

The Tag Models brand was first formed in Doncaster in March 1977 when 27-year-old Andy Fisher opened a small store on Warmsworth Road, selling Transport and General books (hence the name).

Transport enthusiasts using the shop began asking Andy if he would stock models, and slowly, the modelling empire was born.

The shop moved into bigger premises in West Street in Doncaster town centre, where it remained for 20 years before in 1999, it moved to its base in Nether Hall Road.

The business was in Andy’s hands right up until 2009 when he retired and sold it to Modelzone. Now, four years down the line it is back in his hands again.