New Toys R Us set to open near Coventry as 17 locations in UK announced

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A Toys R Us concession is set to open in our area -Credit:Evening Gazette

Retailer WH Smith has revealed the first 17 locations for the next batch of much-loved Toys R Us shops to launch within its stores this summer. The high street group will be opening a store in Leamington Spa on Saturday, May 25.

WH Smith has already opened nine Toys R Us shops as part of its retail partnership with the brand. It is set to open another 30 concessions by the end of August.

This comes after the children's chain collapsed in 2018, shut over 100 stores, and resulted in more than 2,000 jobs. The company announced plans to relaunch in October 2022, before making a deal with WH Smith for concessions in the UK.

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The next wave of the 17 locations will be launched across the UK within the next two months as the group looks to bring back a brand 'known and loved since the mid-80s'. This month, the concessions will open in Leamington Spa, Fosse Park in Leicester, and Hereford.

High street managing director at WH Smith, Sean Toal, said: "I have seen first-hand how positively our customers have responded to the new ranges. Many tell me it feels like a back-to-the-future moment - a brand they had known and loved since the mid-80s which is back to deliver the magic to a whole new generation of families.

"From Hereford to Hastings, today we've unveiled the first 17 locations for the new Toys R Us stores in WHSmith. Not only is this an exceptionally exciting time for our colleagues and customers, but we're also proud to be bucking the trend by continuing to invest in the UK high street."

Here are the 17 locations due to open Toys R Us shop0in-shops across the WH Smith chain:

  • Hereford, Herefordshire

  • Fosse Park, Leicester

  • Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

  • Guildford, Surrey

  • Sutton, Surrey

  • Shrewsbury, Shropshire

  • Salisbury, Wiltshire

  • Victoria shopping centre, Nottingham

  • Maidstone, Kent

  • Woking, Surrey

  • Hastings, East Sussex

  • Thurrock, Essex

  • Newton Abbott, Devon

  • Halifax, West Yorkshire

  • Lancaster, Lancashire

  • George Street, Richmond, London

  • Taunton, Somerset

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