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Hamleys makes two-year plan for iconic London store refurb

London’s iconic toy shop, Hamleys, is to undergo a revamp that, according to CEO Darshan Mehta, will make the store the “toy retailing reference point in the world.” In an interview with The Guardian, Mehta made clear the company’s plans to implement a two-year revamp of the Regent Street location …

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Mothercare strikes five-year deal to sell products in Boots

Mothercare has struck a new deal to sell its products through the High Street retailer, Boots, in a bid to maintain its presence on the UK retail scene following its collapse into administration last month. Mothercare’s UK oprations – its stores and website – are set to close in early …

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Mothercare’s sales slide further in UK and overseas

Mothercare’s losses have deepened further in Britain and overseas after the baby and mother retailer placed its UK business into administration last month. Group sales fell by 8.4 per cent to £452.3 million in the six months to October 12, as pre-tax losses widened to £21.2 million from £18.5 million …

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20 year old entrepreneur excites Truro shoppers with ambitious new toy shop

A toy shop owner has been making local headlines across Truro in Cornwall, praising the 20 year old entrepreneur for ‘igniting and exciting the local shopping scene.’ Harry Stacey, the proprietor of Truro’s Harry’s Toy Chest, caused a clamour among the locals this past weekend when he officially opened the …

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MGA Entertainment hands out over 3,000 Poopsie Slime toys at intu Trafford Centre

MGA Entertainment braved the Christmas shopping crowds this past weekend when it took to Manchester’s intu Trafford Centre to hand out more than 3,000 Poopsie Slime toys to throngs of excited children and families. The activity saw Poopsie Slime Surprise host a surprise interactive Picture Poo-fect photobooth in the form …

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Re:creation enters administration: “Business became unmanageable in extraordinary year”

Supplier issues compounded by a ‘softness in the market’ in what has been a particularly tough year of trading has forced the hand of the global toy distributor, Re:creation who entered into administration last Friday. Speaking with ToyNews, owner, Michael Lehrter, stated that it was a succession of hurdles thrown …

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The Entertainer launches Christmas Quiet Hour in support of the National Autistic Society

In order to make Christmas shopping more accessible, The Entertainer has now introduced a Christmas Quiet Hour, an initiative that will take place every day in its 171 stores across the country, in order to facilitate a calmer shopping environment for people with autism. With the busy Christmas shopping season …

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Playmobil eyes latest global move with Wirecard partnership

Playmobil has taken steps towards unifying its global audience by simplifying local and international online payment methods for shoppers purchases play-sets from its website throughout Europe. The global toymaker has partneres with Wirecard, a big name in digital finance technology, to improve the online shopping experience for international customers, enabling …

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LEGO acquires independent ‘eBay for LEGO fans’ BrickLink

In a surprise announcement, The LEGO Group has acquired BrickLink, a third party LEGO re-selling website founded back in 2000. BrickLink is essentially eBay for LEGO related items, giving fans a platform to sell and purchase the iconic Danish building brick. The site was founded almost 20 years ago by …

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Toys R Us makes US comeback official with first store opening

Toys R Us made its comeback official with the soft launch of a new retail destination at the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in New Jersey, US this week. The new-look Toys R Us store – boasting some 6,000 square feet – has scheduled its grand opening for this Saturday. …

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