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DEEPNHOCK
06-27-2017, 01:58 PM
(Saw this on Facebook)

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‎Ed Reynolds (https://www.facebook.com/ed.reynolds.71465?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf)

‎Ed Reynolds‎ to Studebaker Addicts (international)
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I have closed the Studebaker International store in South Bend and will continue to use the site as a warehouse. My apologies to local customers who have supporeted this store, however, the difficulty of staffing and maintaining does not justify continuing. To those wishing to order parts, they may be ordered from Greenfield and sent to you, or they can be delivered to our South Bend location. They can usually be picked up on Wednesdays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm., but please verify this when placing you orders.
I want to be clear that this closing has nothing to do with the recent disagreement between S.I. and the Michiana Chapter. The possibility of closing this store has been considered for a long time. The South Bend store will most likely reopen during the May meet in South Bend.
Studebaker International continues to do well and the closing of the South Bend store should not reflect upon the entire business. We are continuing to offer more parts as the identification process continues and new parts are reproduced.

64V19816
06-27-2017, 03:00 PM
.......so much for relentlessly swallowing up the competition. Who wins now?

Bordeaux Daytona
06-27-2017, 04:25 PM
Another thread here but your title gets to the point.....http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?101503-Say-it-s-not-so-!

DEEPNHOCK
06-27-2017, 04:26 PM
It's just the walk in store that is closing. The warehouse is still operating.
Orders must be placed and set in will call for pick up.



.......so much for relentlessly swallowing up the competition. Who wins now?

DEEPNHOCK
06-27-2017, 04:28 PM
Another thread here but your title gets to the point.....http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?101503-Say-it-s-not-so-!

And that thread will be lost within a month because the header/title says nothing....
Doesn't bother me, but headers/titles are important.

jclary
06-27-2017, 04:34 PM
And that thread will be lost within a month because the header/title says nothing....
Doesn't bother me, but headers/titles are important.

So...I'll post my comments (made in the other thread) in this thread too!;)
As Studebaker folks, if any group should be accustomed to change, surviving, and adapting...it should be US!:rolleyes: It is one thing for us to engage in our usual banter. Tossing opinions, and advice to one another about our cars, telling tales, and exposing ourselves as the motley group we really are.:o For many of us, this Studebaker stuff (although important) is a hobby. We are so fortunate. We should be forever grateful for those who have served in important positions...some, visionaries, others just well intended hard working volunteers, have somehow managed to make this SDC thing not only survive but thrive.:!:

Sure, we have had some lumps & bumps, on the way. Chapters have formed, dissolved, and there have been some conflicts, hiccups, squabbles, but nothing fatal. Vendors are precious. I have even "vended" a time or two myself. Unlike some of us "occasional/casual" vendors, Ed, and several others have parlayed it into serious successful business. My 72 years has taught me that there is no successful business without risks, sacrifice, and sweat. I don't know Ed well, nor have I hardly bought enough product from SI to justify my catalog. But, I will also not engage in bemoaning or critiquing his business decisions. (That is...unless he asks for it.) Through the decades, we've lost treasured members to the ages.:( Vendors have come & gone, venues have changed, yet...we adapt and persevere. Best wishes Ed/S.I., if and when I deplete my "stash" enough to place the "BIG ORDER," I hope you are still here!:):D:)

Skip Lackie
06-27-2017, 05:03 PM
It made sense to move the SASCO parts inventory to another nearby facility in SB, but I have long wondered about whether the walk-in business in SB justified a second fully-staffed retail store. So I view this as a good business move that will ensure SI's future viability.

Deaf Mute
06-27-2017, 08:58 PM
I believe Ed indicated that he would open and staff the store the first weekend of May each year. Payrolls in two locations had a big part in the decision, I am sure. I have a feeling that one person running to South Bend once a week to pick parts would be able to keep Ed's door open for us Studebaker guys that need parts.

Scott
06-27-2017, 09:15 PM
I never even knew he had a second store. So for me it just makes things just the way I thought they already were.

Milaca
06-27-2017, 10:46 PM
I cant imagine the South Bend facility being used too much longer due to the expenses of rent, insurance, etc. Dispense of the things of little to no value and ship the remainder to his main facility. If you have never been to the South Bend store, get there now before it is too late!

StudeRich
06-27-2017, 11:18 PM
If you have ever seen that Studebaker Factory Inventory, you would know that where it is could be just about the ONLY place in the World Big Enough! :rolleyes:

HAWK64
06-28-2017, 06:10 AM
A wise decision by Ed which will keep Studebaker International still strong for all of us. Ed has done a wonderful job over many years managing parts for Studebaker. I have personally seen him working very hard at previous SDC International Meets, Studebaker of California & even here in Australia.

Mrs K Corbin
06-28-2017, 07:20 AM
The story of everything these days... All online. Next I'll be ordering a Bucket of KFC for Drone Delivery...LOL

Jett289
06-28-2017, 11:03 AM
Mrs K Corbin is so right.. Malls and department stores closing all over the place while online sites like Amazon are making huge profit .
I'm guilty for sure of online shopping as it is so easy and shopping from home in your underwear .. If your not with the changing times
you will end up like Woolworths . I have bought parts through SI and its been always great . Will be buying many more parts in the future
so I hope Ed continues to make money at it and can continue to provide for us ..

BobWaitz
06-28-2017, 12:17 PM
I always thought the South Bend location was only open as a storefront for events like the May swap. I have to imagine that the vast majority of his business is phone orders. I've never had a local shop that sells Studebaker only parts. How many of us have? I am thankful we have quite a few vendors large and small who make it easy for me to keep my Studes on the road.

8E45E
06-28-2017, 02:16 PM
The story of everything these days... All online. Next I'll be ordering a Bucket of KFC for Drone Delivery...LOL

They'll be on the list sooner or later...... https://www.skipthedishes.com/calgary/restaurants

Craig

DEEPNHOCK
06-28-2017, 03:59 PM
The story of everything these days... All online. Next I'll be ordering a Bucket of KFC for Drone Delivery...LOL

Well, KFC is going into space (really)

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/FdFetJaeCyHmnKPlry6YHOgF0DQ=/800x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/8677931/KFC_Zinger_Stratollite.jpg

warrlaw1
06-29-2017, 03:41 PM
Ed has gone the extra mile for me...and I sure appreciate it.

Green53
06-29-2017, 05:26 PM
His investment in repro items makes for a large investment. He has to sell a lot before any profit can be made. We are very lucky to have Ed doing this for the Studebaker owners. I don't blame him for closing the South Bend retail store. I have been down that road before closing branch locations that just could not be profitable. Thank you Ed.

Denny Lockmon

Gary1953
06-29-2017, 05:37 PM
Ed,
Thank you for all you have done to help me with parts and for all the rest of the Studebaker owners.

4jc8z
06-29-2017, 10:13 PM
For the life of me I can't find the original post on Facebook. Anybody have the link?

StudeNewby
06-29-2017, 10:52 PM
Ed has gone the extra mile for me...and I sure appreciate it.
Ditto. Thanks, Ed, and best wishes moving forward!

Chris_Dresbach
06-30-2017, 12:11 AM
Can't say I'm all that surprised. Back when I was working there full time we would be lucky to get more than two walk in customers a day, sometimes none at all. As cool as it is to have an open storefront 5 days a week, it just doesn't make business sense to stay open without the foot traffic. The "off the beaten path" location in the back of the plant doesn't really help things either. But with as much inventory as there is in the South Bend plant, I can assure everybody that it will be there for a while. Back in 2009 it took a crew of about 15 of us and just under 200 semi loads to move the inventory across town, working 8 to 5 Monday through Friday. It would be way beyond a huge undertaking to move the inventory down to Indy, and where would it go once it's down there? Keep in mind that the South Bend location is 50,000sqf of a million sqf building and every inch of that 50k is used.

BobPalma
06-30-2017, 10:18 AM
Can't say I'm all that surprised. Back when I was working there full time we would be lucky to get more than two walk in customers a day, sometimes none at all.

:o 'Good to have that first-hand report, Chris; thanks. It's difficult to imagine the ordinary day-to-day traffic when all most of us do is visit South Bend during high-Studebaker-traffic times like National Meets and the May Studebaker Indiana meet. ;)

'Also good to hear that Ed will likely be open for business during those high-Studebaker traffic times, since the facility is already set up for walk-in traffic anyway. 'Just a question of "manning" it during the times it would pay to have it open. Good all around. :!: :cool: BP