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    FEP Senior Member FuturaGuy's Avatar
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    Default Mustangs Unlimited in Manchester CT closing?

    I heard an interesting rumor recently. One of my neighbors said he went to Mustangs Unlimited in Manchester and that they will be closing. He also said he talked to the owner who told him Manchester would close first, then the Atlanta store would follow. The first big event of the year is the Shelby-American meet held at M/U on the last weekend of April. No word on where, or if, it will be held this year.

    M/U started back around 1974, so if the owner was in his twenties back then, he's probably nearing retirement age by now.

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    If true its a bummer. Been there a few times with my father picking up larger pieces for his 1985 mustang. What is really disappointing me is they not only catered to foxes but many generations of mustangs.

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    I was kind of wondering. I got a few emails recently about sales. I need a few things for my 67 and I could not find them on their web site. These were normal things like belt line weather strip and seat foam. I kind of thought it was the phone app at first. They have been around for a long time. I spent a lot of money with them in late 80's when I was restoring my 67 coupe.
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    Wild if true. Mustangs Unlimited in CT kind of "jumped the shark" by moving about ten years ago. They were in this kind of cramped location originally, but had all those cool car shows that New Englanders (and some New Yorkers) remember, starting in the 1980s. These extravaganzas took place every Spring & Fall! Very family-friendly events with grassy surfaces and shade trees, not to mention that popular seafood restaurant next door. Mustangs Unlimited moved a few miles down the road to this mega-huge place that wasn't at all inviting. Overhead was probably way higher too.
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    I thought they had already closed the doors. This info has been out for quite a few months / nearly a year.
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    Yep, sure looks that way. They have discounted whatever parts they have in stock. A real bummer. I bought a lot of parts from them back in the late 80s/Early 90s.
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    Atlanta closed a long time ago. Opening that store is probably what killed them.
    We found out it would slowly be shutting down when we were at the car show there last fall.
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    Wow I'm just seeing this now as I haven't been on here hardly at all in years. But with another fox in the works I seem to find myself here a little lately. I didn't buy a ton from them over the years but I did attend many of the shows. The same thing happened to my mail order parts company employer last year. Bavarian Autosport was started by 3 guys about the same time as Mustangs Unlimited. Similar company but we specialized in BMW. We went through massive growth in the early 2000's and as it started to slow down we invested heavily in a new website. That bombed out of the gate. Then one of the original 3 owners passed away. That was a massive financial (they had to buy out his widow) and emotional loss to the company. Of the 3 he was definitely the most liked. I was in web content management for the last 10 or so years of the nearly 20 I was there. When I had to start removing out of stock products from the site from certain vendors I knew we were in trouble. As that list of vendors began to grow I knew it couldn't be long. A big round of layoffs had already happened right after Pete's death. One Friday we went in for a company meeting and that was it. We were done. Once the biggest name in BMW parts and just like that poof it was gone. There is a bit of a silver lining for me though. I now restore cars for a living.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 85GT-79FJ40 View Post
    Wow I'm just seeing this now as I haven't been on here hardly at all in years. But with another fox in the works I seem to find myself here a little lately. I didn't buy a ton from them over the years but I did attend many of the shows. The same thing happened to my mail order parts company employer last year. Bavarian Autosport was started by 3 guys about the same time as Mustangs Unlimited. Similar company but we specialized in BMW. We went through massive growth in the early 2000's and as it started to slow down we invested heavily in a new website. That bombed out of the gate. Then one of the original 3 owners passed away. That was a massive financial (they had to buy out his widow) and emotional loss to the company. Of the 3 he was definitely the most liked. I was in web content management for the last 10 or so years of the nearly 20 I was there. When I had to start removing out of stock products from the site from certain vendors I knew we were in trouble. As that list of vendors began to grow I knew it couldn't be long. A big round of layoffs had already happened right after Pete's death. One Friday we went in for a company meeting and that was it. We were done. Once the biggest name in BMW parts and just like that poof it was gone. There is a bit of a silver lining for me though. I now restore cars for a living.
    When I was doing the E39 thing I ordered from BavAuto quite a bit, they were a good company.

    MU had their lunch eaten by LMR, CJ's, Summit, and a couple others so I wasn't surprised when they closed. Customer service (in store) was awful and always was, there was never a time when I would have said customer service was acceptable, even back in the late 90s... It seemed that Jim H (owner) wasn't present at the stores much, never saw him once in 20+ years and I was at MU sometimes 2-3x a month. I easily spent $30K with MU while they were in business. Sad that MU closed as they could have held their own against others, but their customer service and website allowed for the slow spiral downward.

    BavAuto seemed like a pretty good company and their website was good from what I remember. Did they just lose market share to ECS, Turner, and some of the other prominent online retailers?
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