PxPixel
Penarth indie shuts up shop - ToyNews

Penarth indie shuts up shop

Toy shop, Jacken can no longer compete with larger retail chains.
Author:
Publish date:
3683_mypictr_300x300.jpg

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 www.pedalcarshowroom.co.uk

Related

00bs.jpg

INDIE PROFILE: The Big Shop

At over 60,000 square feet of retail space and interactive displays, The Big Shop (formerly Snetterton Park Models) has been in operation for 15 years. ToyNews talks to MD Trevor Warner.

pop-up-big.jpg

Pop Stars: The rise of pop-up shops

From Modelzone to Moshi Monsters and MakieLab dolls, toy brands and retailers are experimenting with temporary retail destinations. ToyNews asks industry members and retail experts whether pop-up shops can work in the toy space.

arcade toy shop.png

INDIE PROFILE: Arcade Toy Shop

Recently re-opened under the ownership of Dave Carter and Martyn Perry, the Arcade Toy Shop has taken residency in Dudley’s Fountain Arcade for almost five decades, offering loyal clientele a traditional toy shop. Rhys Troake finds out how the new owners have taken to the business and what’s planned for the rest of 2015.

Featured Jobs

Copyrights Group

Marketing Manager

The Copyrights Group is one of the licensing arms within The Vivendi Group. Acquired by Vivendi in 2016 Copyrights manages the licensing for a portfolio of properties to include Paddington Bear. Some of the other companies within the Vivendi Group include Universal Music Group, and their licensing arm Bravado, Gameloft and Studiocanal to name a few.