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Toymaster nets 25 new member branches in latest British Garden Centres partnership

Toymaster has secured somewhat of a major coup for its growing network of independent toy shop members and garden centre affiliates, in a deal that will now bring a sweep of 25 branches under the buying group’s banner. As the growing tendency for garden centres across the UK to diversify …

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Doors open at FAO Schwarz’s first European location in London’s Selfridges

FAO Schwarz – the oldest US toy retailer – has finally opened the doors of its new 22,000 square foot location in London, housing itself within the capital city’s flagship Selfridges. A 157-year-old New York toy shop, FAO Schwarz once upon a time occupied the General Motors Building on Fifth …

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The Entertainer bucks high street trend to see profits soar 29 per cent

The family-run high street and online toy retailer, The Entertainer has recorded rising sales and profits last year, bucking the trend seen on a high street that continues to struggle. Earlier this month, it was reported that the high street had been hit with its worst figures in seven years, …

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The Creative Retail Awards return with major trade association backing

At a time when in-store experiences count for just as much as the product stocked, the Creative Retail Awards 2020 are now open for entries, having secured backing from three major trade associations. The Shop & Display Equipment Association, the National Association of Shopfitters and Interior Contractors, and the British …

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Disney Store launches first floor Star Wars and Marvel hub, Destination 350

Disney Store has launched a new in-store hub for all things Star Wars and Marvel with the grand opening of D350 (Destination 350) in its London’s Oxford Street store. The new first floor space will house not only the most up to date product for collectors to get their hands …

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LEGO expands partnership with US retailer Justice to engage girls with creative play

The LEGO Group has detailed the expansion of its brand partnership with the US retailer, Justice, in its bid to engage more girls with creative play. Beginning this month, LEGO Friends and LEGO Disney building sets will be sold in Justice stores across the States, including sets based on the …

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Indie retailer ToysARoo opens first physical store as it brings toys to Rochdale’s high street

An independent toy shop specialising in wooden and plush products is moving into Rochdale, marking the first time the area has had a local toy shop in the last 15 years. ToysARoo will be opening the doors of its first brick and mortar store this weekend as it takes up …

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Mattel and Walmart ‘lease floors’ in new virtual toy shop KidHQ

Mattel has partnered with KidHQ to ‘lease floors’ in a new virtual store that allows users to browse toys and merchandise in videos with various choose their own adventure formats. Both Mattel and Walmart are trialling the interactive video concept to market and sell toys ranging from Barbie to the …

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Designer of handmade soft toys eyes business expansion with first brick and mortar

A toy designer recognised for her handmade range of Fairtrade and organic material toys is eyeing expansion from online to a brick and mortar workshop and toy store in Woodbridge. Kerry Ferrar, the name behind Ferrar Design, has submitted proposals for a new shop in the historic market town, where …

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Asmodee leads gaming sector growth amid tricky year for toys

Asmodee has taken its place on the podium as a leader in sales of the board gaming sector, having been highlighted as the driving force behind one of the UK toy and games’ industry’s only growth categories this year. The past 10 months have not come without their challenges for …

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