120 year old Langleys Toy Store seeks new ownership

After 31 years in the family business, owner John Fielding is retiring.
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A 120 year old independent toyshop is looking for new owners to take it in to the next century and beyond.

Langleys Toy Store has been an eminent fixture of the Norwich shopping scene since 1893, offering a vast array of toys and games to its more than 100,000 customers a year.

Owner John Fielding – who took up the mantle from his father in 1984 – is now looking to retire and pass on the Langleys Toy Store name to a buyer who will take the business forward.

The family-owned Langleys, has been run under the Fielding guard since 1971.

“When I was a nipper in the 1960s, being taken to look around Langleys toy store was the reward for being towed around the Norwich shops by my mother, so the joy I felt on the day in 1971 when my father bought Langleys, was like learning my dad was Willy Wonka,” Fielding told ToyNews.

“From then on, my school holidays were spent working on the shop floor until 1984, when I joined the family business full time.

“One zillion toys late, and here I am ready to retire.”

Under the management of Chris Goulding, the store has weathered national economic unstability to maintain a ‘thriving business, with a steady £1.3milion sales and 100,000 custmers a year.’

“We are now looking for a buyer who will take Langleys forward for another 132 years,” concluded Fielding.

Managing director, John fielding can be contacted on LangleysTM@aol.com.

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