Retail

Jubilant improvement to UK footfall

There was an upsurge in the number of shoppers hitting high streets and retail centres over the Jubilee Bank Holiday, according the British Retail Consortium’s BRC-Sensormatic IQ data, as consumers took advantage of the long weekend and reasonable weather to get out and about.  Total UK footfall increased by 6.9% …

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UK retail footfall forecast to rise by 8% over the Jubilee bank holiday

Following a modest rise in footfall last week, retail experts Springboard predict the Platinum Jubilee and school half-term holiday will cause footfall in retail destinations to surge by as much as 8% over the bank holiday weekend. Springboard anticipates an uplift of as much as 10% in high streets, 7% in …

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Toymaster welcomes McGreevy’s Toys Direct

Toymaster has announced another new member: McGreevy’s Toys Direct of Westport, County Mayo. McGreevy’s started out over 115 years ago as a small corner grocery shop, adding toys as a permanent fixture in the 1970s. Since then, the first floor of the shop has become a large toy store, home …

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Sweet new concession for Hamleys Regent Street

Hamleys Regent Street has announced the addition of London’s most Instagrammable dessert emporium, Hans & Gretel, to its Ground Floor retail space. The popular experiential dessert specialist, known for its fairy-tale theming, will add to the destination offering that is Hamleys’ Regent Street store. Hans & Gretel joins recently opened …

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Autumn Fair over 75% booked

The countdown is on for the UK’s leading marketplace for wholesale Home, Gift, Fashion, and Sourcing, Autumn Fair, which takes place on the 4-7 September at NEC Birmingham, with the show almost fully booked and a host of industry-leading bellwethers set to showcase their latest collections. Timed to get retailers …

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WHAT’S IN STORE? I Educational toy retailer Chalkboard

For educational toy shop Chalkboard, “location, location, location” is everything. Situated on Battersea’s Northcote Road, the store is slap-bang in the heart of South London’s Nappy Valley, a place where, according to Chalkboard’s co-owner Chris Songprasert, you “trip over buggies and scooters and dogs” when you go for a walk. …

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TOYMASTER PREVIEW: Smart Toys and Games

The worldwide leader in multi-level logic games, Smart Toys and Games has a host of exciting new products to unveil at the Toymaster Show. Spring 2022 sees the arrival of three new editions in the brand’s bestselling IQ Games collection: IQ Love, IQ Stixx and IQ Six Pro. Each game is unique, with an innovative game mechanic; they offer varying …

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Orchard Toys appoints Kayes as its exclusive distribution partner

Orchard Toys has appointed Kayes of Cardiff as its exclusive distribution partner to the independent toy sector covering England, Wales and Scotland. Under the terms of the partnership, Kayes will carry the entire Orchard Toys product portfolio. Independent retailers will continue to be able to order split-pack quantities of Orchard …

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Toymaster welcomes Toys & Games of Worcester

Toymaster has announced the latest retailer to join its ranks: Toys & Games of Worcester.  The city-centre store, established in 1994, is run by Tim and Vicky Evans, and stocks classic toys for all ages as well as all the latest crazes, nostalgia toys and gifts, memorabilia, and retirement hobby games. …

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Hamleys unveils new gaming offering

Hamleys Regent Street has unveiled its newest retail space, dedicated to gaming. The purpose-built 3,000 ft space, located on the lower ground floor, offers 13 interactive zones to explore, and will house the latest consoles, bestselling games and accessories from brands including Xbox, Nintendo, Razer and more. The highly immersive area …

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