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Founder of Choo Choo Bob's Train Store sells up after 14 years

The popular Marshall Avenue store is under new ownership.

The founder of the popular Choo Choo Bob's Train Store in St. Paul has announced he's sold the business after 14 years.

Bob Medcraft not only ran the toy train shop also produced and starred in The Choo Choo Bob Show, selling DVDs of the show at his 2050 Marshall Ave. store.

But the store temporarily closed for a facelift on July 28, with Medcraft announcing he'd sold the business the day before it re-opened this past Wednesday.

Choo Choo Bob's will live on under the new owners, who the Business Journals has identified as Jennifer Southerling and partners, while Medcraft focuses on his day job making TV commercials.

In a lengthy Facebook post thanking the many people who helped make Choo Choo Bob's a reality, Medcraft described his tenure as a "rollercoaster ride."

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As well as the store, Medcraft ran pop-up stores at the Mall of America and in St. Louis, as well as having a stand and performing at the Minnesota State Fair, which he described as a "magnificent failure."

"Thanks everyone for all your help and support over the years," he wrote. "It’s been a long strange trip, and it’s time to move on new projects. I owe everyone a huge debt of gratitude."

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