Toy Barnhaus opens third store, in Epsom

Two former Woolworths managers will launch the third outlet in their independent toy chain today.
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Mark Buschhaus and Stephen Barnes will open the doors to Toy Barnhaus, in the Ashley Centre, Epsom, for the first time this morning.

The partners opened their first store in Crawley in March 2009, following the demise of Woolworths. The second shop followed earlier this year in the Belfry Shopping Centre in Redhill, Surrey.

The co-owners, who have more than 25 years experience in retail between them, have enlisted the help of former Woolworths employees who were victims of the chain’s downfall in 2008.

Jill Stevens, who was assistant manager of Woolworths in Epsom High Street, will run the new store.

Buschhaus said: “We are employing a lot of the Woolworths guys we always used to work with. We always liked Epsom, and we always said we’d vow to be back in Epsom.

“About four different Woolworths stores are clubbing together. It’s all very close-knit, we used the Woolworths website to see who is on there and who we could get."

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