Penarth indie shuts up shop

Toy shop, Jacken can no longer compete with larger retail chains.
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The Penarth Times has reported that Ken and Jackie Pile, the owners of Jacken toy shop on Station Approach, Penarth have decided to close the store after three years in business. 

The shop opened in 2008 and has become popular with locals, but owner Ken Pile (pictured) said not even toys for children could escape these hard times. 

“The philosophy behind Jacken was to have the toys that parents remember with fondness from their own childhood, that they could enjoy with their children second time around,” he explained. 

“This space was a toy shop many years ago, when my wife and I were growing up in Penarth and we thought it would be nice to bring a bit of magic back to the area - we like to use the catchline ‘it’s magic, not manic when you shop here’. 

“Admittedly it wasn’t a great time to start a business, as the recession started to bite just as we opened,” he added. 

“But with the number of primary schools in the town you would have thought a toy shop would have done okay - but we just can’t compete with the likes of Toys R Us. 

“We’ve got lovely stuff, toys you can’t find anywhere else, but that doesn’t pay the rent if people aren’t buying them.” 

Jackie Pile commented: "It’s disappointing for all our customers - our regulars are like friends, calling in for a chat while they shop and the children play. We have kept all ages amused, and we will be sorry to say goodbye.”

“To all our customers we send a big thank you,” added Ken. 

Jacken is holding a sale over the coming weeks with toys, fixtures and fittings on offer. Ken and Jackie will continue to sell toys on the website



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