Locations announced as Toys R Us gears up for its return in a matter of weeks

Toys R Us is making a grand comeback to the high street in a matter of weeks, igniting the excitement of your inner child like never before.

In collaboration with WHSmith, the renowned toy retailer is set to unveil nine high street stores across the UK. This marks a significant moment as shoppers will once again have the opportunity to test out toys in-store, bringing back the tactile joy of exploring before making a purchase. Parents will relish the familiar experience of persuading their kids to leave the store, reminiscent of days gone by.

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Within these nine new high-street stores, customers will discover a vast selection of popular brands, ranging from Barbie and Lego to Fisher Price and Hot Wheels. The stores will be thoughtfully organized into sections according to age, interest, and category. Moreover, they will be adorned with interactive experiences, activities, and demonstration tables, creating an immersive and engaging environment.

Of course, no visit would be complete without encountering a life-size sculpture of Geoffrey the Giraffe, ready to welcome shoppers at the entrance.

Once customers have explored the impressive array of products, they will have the convenience of digitally ordering their chosen toys. The stores are scheduled to open their doors to the public starting from Saturday, June 10. Here are the locations where you can find them:

Toys R Us is returning to UK high streets in a matter of weeks. Credit: Justin Kase z12z / Alamy Stock Photo
  • Canterbury (St George Street)
  • Chelmsford (High Street)
  • Cheltenham (High Street)
  • Cwmbran (The Mall)
  • Oxford (Cornmarket Street)
  • Poole (Towngate Shopping Centre)
  • Reading (Broad Street)
  • Solihull (Mell Square)
  • York (Monks Cross retail park)

Sean Toal, the managing director for WHSmith High Street, expressed enthusiasm about the exciting partnership with Toys R Us, stating, “At WHSmith, we’re constantly seeking new opportunities to introduce thrilling product ranges to our customers on the high street, and our collaboration with Toys R Us certainly accomplishes this. The brand’s outstanding selection of toys and games perfectly complements our existing offerings. Across each of the nine locations, we have a dedicated team of colleagues eagerly anticipating the arrival of both new and returning customers, as we showcase the redesigned store layout and, of course, Geoffrey the Giraffe.”

The Toys R Us grand return is in partnership with WHSmith. Credit: Robert Convery / Alamy Stock Photo

The inaugural Toys R Us store in collaboration with WHSmith will open its doors on Saturday, June 10, at Monks Cross Retail Park in York, accompanied by a special grand opening event. The remaining eight stores will progressively launch throughout the rest of the summer.

For more information about the opening of your local Toys R Us store, please visit their website. To all the parents out there, may your shopping adventures be filled with joy and excitement.

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