Chimera Hobby & Games
Al’s Repair Inc.

Currently owned and operated by:

Edith E. Kimbrough
on Highway 32 S. by the Dairy Queen
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

  • 2017

    Game On!

    Game On!

    September 1, 2017
    Game On!
    In September of the same year, Games & Gaming was introduced, and the store was renamed from A&E Railroad to Chimera Hobby & Games to better reflect the diversity found inside the store.
  • 2017

    Charles Passing

    Charles Passing

    July 5, 2017

    July 5th, 2017 Charles Kimbrough passed away from complications from cancer passing on the business to his daughter, Edith.

  • 2013

    Adding Guns

    Adding Guns

    May 25, 2013
    Adding Guns

    In 2013 he branched out again by obtaining a FFL (Federal Firearms License).

  • 1992

    A&E Railroad was formed

    A&E Railroad was formed

    May 25, 1992

    1992 marked a new direction for Al’s Repair Inc. with the formation of the A&E Railroad, a division of Al’s Repair Inc. The new division was intended to be a special order model train store only but quickly developed into a full line model train hobby store. Since then, he had phased out all lawn & garden and chainsaws and the servicing thereof.

  • 1988

    Alfred Kimbrough Passing

    Alfred Kimbrough Passing

    May 25, 1988

    In 1988 Al died, and Charles continued the business.

  • 1983

    Computer Division

    Computer Division

    May 25, 1983

    Then in 1983, he formed the Computer Division to sell and service computers and accessories.

  • 1978

    Inventory Control

    Inventory Control

    May 25, 1978

    In 1978 we introduced computers into our operation for inventory control.

  • 1977

    A Son comes home.

    A Son comes home.

    May 25, 1977

    In 1977 Charles Kimbrough retired from the navy and came into the business.

  • 1969

    Founded

    Founded

    May 25, 1969

    Al’s Repair Inc. was founded in 1969 by Al Kimbrough as a small engine repair shop. He gradually expanded it to include sales and service of chain saws, outboards, lawn mowers and small engines.