Entertainer takes Gamleys stores

Ronnie Dungan

By Ronnie Dungan

August 18th 2008 at 5:01PM
Entertainer takes Gamleys stores

The Entertainer has bought two stores from the troubled Gamleys chain.

Agreement has been reached for the acquisition of the Maidstone and Brighton stores from Gamleys.

The move comes after its takeover of the Derby store from the collapsed chain Toyzone, and the opening of a new store in Bristol in the Cabot Circus shopping centre.

Entertainer chief, Gary Grant, (pictured) commented: "We are grateful for this opportunity to build on the reputation of Gamleys. We are pleased that both the shops and the ongoing employment of the staff can be retained.

"These acquisitions illustrate our ongoing commitment to both our business and the industry, in what is proving to be a challenging year for many. As we have said before, we greatly appreciate the support given to us by our many suppliers who share our passion to be 'Mad about Toys'."

In a statement, Gamleys commented: "The Directors of Gamleys are very pleased that an agreement has been reached with the Entertainer to ensure the continuation of the Gamleys stores at Brighton and Maidstone and especially for the loyal and hardworking staff."