Grand Central Station Antiques is a second-generation enterprise that started in August of 1993 on West 19th Street as Train Station Antiques. Train Station Antiques was housed in a historical train depot that had been moved from Bledsoe, Texas to the location on the west end of 19th street. The building had been the residence of Gene Hemmle, well known for his work in the Music and Theatre Departments at Texas Tech University for many years. Charles Bolton purchased the building, and in August of 1993, Maxine Bolton opened Train Station Antiques, which she operated until the fall of 1999. After six successful years at the
19th Street location, Charles and Maxine realized the potential of an antiques mall in the then-vacant historical Lubbock Bowling Alley at 4020 Ave Q, close to downtown Lubbock. Over the years, such notables as Mac Davis and Buddy Holly had bowled in the building and murals were painted on the walls in the 1940s by Disney artists. After the bowling alley closed, the lanes and equipment were shipped to China. After some renovation, the doors to Grand Central Station Antiques opened for business in October 1999. Since opening, the mall has become one of the premier places to shop for antiques, collectables and designer décor. Considered to be one of the leading malls of its type in all of West Texas and the surrounding area, there are over 24,000 square feet packed with thousands of interesting and exciting items. More than forty vendors bring new merchandise in almost daily and keep GCS as one of the most exciting places to shop between Dallas and Los Angeles.