Tag Archives: Toy Shop

FAO Schwarz to open Italian flagship and plans European expansion in Prénatal Retail Group partnership

The New York toy store FAO Schwarz is making its move into Europe through a new partnership with Prénatal Retail Group that will bring the brand, retail store, and ecommerce concepts to Italy. Via a partnership brokered by ThreeSixty Group, the plan will then be for the FAO Schwarz brand …

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Small Business Britain urges UK toy shops and companies to enter Small Business Awards

The UK’s small businesses are being urged to get involved with this year’s Small Awards, a nationwide search for the best small firms the country has to offer, conducted by the team behind Small Business Britain. First launched in 2017, the annual awards have 11 unique categories across everything from …

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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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