Children were left heartbroken when the huge toy retailer Toys ‘R’ Us closed its stores five years ago. However, it is now planning to open several new premises around the country, which is a promising sign for the UK high street.
In March 2018, it announced it would close all its shops after it fell into administration.
Since then its owner Toys ‘R’ Us ANZ Limited has revealed the iconic brand will be making a huge comeback, selling both online and in WHSmiths around the country.
Earlier this week (June 10th), the first Toys ‘R’ Us store opened in more than six years in Monks Cross, York.
On its Facebook page, Toys ‘R’ Us UK said: “What a day! It was so exciting to see everyone who came to visit WHSmith in Monks Cross this morning!”
As well as this, it intends on opening in eight more shops across the UK. These will be in Canterbury, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Cwmbran, Oxford, Poole, Reading, and Solihull.
WHSmith’s high street managing director Sean Toal said: “The brand has long been known for its exceptional range of toys and games and complements our existing offer well.”
The new Toys ‘R’ Us settings will sell popular toy brands, including Fisher Price, LEGO, Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Star Wars, and Barbie, appealing to a broad range of ages.
Although it has been selling goods on its website for several months, Simon Cartey, UK commercial director at Toys ‘R’ Us, said the brand is excited to return to the high street.
He stated that bringing back the “beloved Toys ‘R’ Us shopping experience” will help to create “magical and joyful shopping destinations” for the family.
To ensure newly opened stores are successful, it is sensible to enlist retail maintenance management.