Tag Archives: Toy Shop

Whirli learning: Selling toys the Whirligig way – inside the UK’s independent ‘make and do’ retailer

A former teacher-turned-coffee shop owner-turned-managing director of the UK’s biggest independent toy retailer outside of a buying group, Whirligig Toys’ Peter Allinson is a champion of the ‘things to make and do’ toy space. ToyNews takes a look at the working parts to find out what makes this toy retailer …

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The Toy Store owner ceases UAE operations leaving suppliers ‘owed millions’

The Dubai-headquartered Gulf Greetings General Trading LLC – owner of the toy retail brand The Toy Store – has abruptly ceased its operations, closing stores across some of the biggest shopping malls in UAE in what has been called an “unmitigated disaster” by a number of suppliers now left out …

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Smyths Toys UK achieves record revenues and declares £31m dividend

The toy retail giant Smyths Toys saw revenues across Britain and Northern Ireland increase to a record €737 million in 2019, new accounts show. Accounts recently filed by the family business – focusing on Britain – show that sales at the company increased seven per cent from £581 million to £622.6 …

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All non-essential retail to close in Wales after Christmas Eve in latest measures

All non-essential retailers in Wales will be made to shut up shop from Christmas Eve under new measures to be put in place across the country in the latest coronavirus restrictions review. Wales will then go into a full lockdown with Tier 4 restrictions for three weeks from December 28th. …

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Toyish Labs ‘reimagines toy retail’ with Clixo store and workshop space to let kids ‘unleash their creativity’

The award winning toy studio, Toyish Labs, has opened its first retail and workshop space, making the firm – the team behind the origami-inspired Clixo toy range – a new hybrid of toy design entity and retail name, and setting the outfit off on its mission to ‘reimagine what a …

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Indie Insight: Wigwam Toys talks the consumers’ rediscovery of community on the high street

Having met at college through a shared love of Fine Art, the Wigwam Toys team comprises collectors, crafts-people, bibliophiles, and big kids at heart, all of whom have their own role to play in the eclectic mix that this little Brighton independent toy shop has to offer. Times were, Wigwam …

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Hamleys lands in Bluewater and Trinity Leeds as it continues UK expansion plans

The iconic toy store, Hamleys is continuing with its expansion plans across the UK this year, with confirmation that the retailer is opening two new sites at popular shopping destinations in the north and south of England. The UK’s oldest toy shop has now landed in Kent’s Bluewater shopping centre, …

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Epoch launches new Sylvanian Families campaigns to support indie retailers on the high street this Q4

Epoch Making Toys is updating the loyalty scheme for its flagship brand Sylvanian Families in a move to ramp up its support of its independent retailer network in the run up to the October half term and Christmas shopping period. As part of its efforts, Epoch is launching two in-store …

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Hamleys expansion and investment ‘will be significant and worthy of a 260 year old brand’

Hamleys is pushing forward with expansion plans for its 260 year old toy selling business which includes a refurbishment of its iconic London store on Regent Street and the potential to open new stores across the UK. The toy retailer’s current owner Reliance Brands has underlined its plans to for …

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Fears surrounding pensions surface as Debenhams puts administrators on standby

With the accountancy firm KPMG on standby to handle an insolvency process, Debenhams has reportedly failed to make a top-up payment to its pensions scheme this month, meaning that around 10,000 members could be worse off if the company enters administration. On Friday, April 3rd, news emerged that the 242-year-old …

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