With Spam museum closing, gift shop to open in Games People Play building

Published 10:24 am Friday, September 26, 2014

The Spam Museum may be closing Sunday, but there will still be a place in Austin to get a taste of the famed canned meat and its assorted knickknacks.

A 700-square-foot Spam Gift Shop is slated to open as soon as next Tuesday in the Games People Play Building owned by Lance Pogones at 701 18th Ave. NW Suite 200.

“If there wasn’t going to be a Spam shop, we [thought we] should try and do something,” he said.

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In May, Hormel Foods Corp. announced the Spam Museum would move from its current home, 1101 N Main St., Austin, to downtown and what will soon become Third Avenue Northeast on the east side of Main Street North.

With the the new store not scheduled to open until 2016, Pogones saw the temporary Spam Gift Shop as a way to continue selling many of the products featured at the museum. He took his idea to Hormel leaders.

“They were excited about it,” he said.

Pogones recently remodeled the Games People play building to add more space for his screen printing and embroidery business. The Spam store will fit in nicely, he said.

“It’s a good way to use the space and combine,” Pogones said.