I received this email today:
|Greetings to all members of the RDU maker community.
It is with sadness that I am writing to let you know that we will
be closing TechShop Raleigh-Durham effective Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Amazing people and projects have come together over the past several
years, and it has been a joy to see skills developed and dreams come
true. Unfortunately, we have not reached membership or revenue numbers
that will allow us to keep this location open.
Please know this is not a decision we have made lightly. In the
sixteen months since TechShop, Inc. took ownership, the company has made
significant investments to upgrade both the building and equipment.
However, in order to generate the number of members needed to maintain
the facilities and compensate our talented staff, it has become apparent
that we need to be situated somewhere that is accessible for many more
people than the current location serves. Offering a true community
experience also requires openness in a physical workspace, something we
do not have in the current RDU building.
This has been an extremely difficult decision for our company and
board of directors to make. We consider the RDU members and staff to be
part of the TechShop family, and we would like nothing more than to have
you continue the pursuit of your dreams at a future TechShop location
Important Information: Refunds and Store Hours
Refunds will be provided for the unused portion of your membership and unused classes. You will receive a letter within ten days from today, listing the specific amounts of those refunds along with further information on the processing of those refunds.
TechShop RDU Reduced Member Hours
We realize that not everyone will be able to pick up personal items from Member Storage in this timeframe. We will make additional dates and hours available for members to remove these items.
TechShop RDU Member Storage Pickup
CEO, TechShop, Inc.
What can replace TechShop in the Research Triangle Park Area of North Carolina?
Answer: not a whole lot. I will be building a list here.
Durham Splatspace -- anybody know if they have equipment? Their website was unhelpful.
NC State has a 3D Printing and Laser Cutter lab for students & faculty...
Anybody know anything else?