Larry Bleiberg Special to USA TODAY Published 7:54 AM EST Dec 14, 2018 Though it’s easier than ever to point and click your way through a holiday shopping list, it hardly matches the adventure of wandering through a toy store. “It’s really fun to just explore a space and find something unique that people on your list would love,” says Matt Berical of Fatherly.com, a digital media brand for dads. Although big chain retailers such as Toys R Us have closed, independent shops still offer a sense of discovery. Berical shares some favorites. Archie McPhee, Seattle Wacky doesn’t even begin to describe this Seattle institution, which is the proud home to a rubber chicken museum and sells everything from fake cat vomit to librarian action figures. “This is the classic oddball, zany toy store,” Berical says. “It has a bunch of things you won’t find anywhere else, a lot of gifts that seem to have been transported from cereal … [Read more...] about Independent toy stores: Great holiday shopping away from chain stores
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The former Toys 'R' Us unit in Scunthorpe is set to be brought back to life under plans which could create more than 100 jobs. Proposals have been submitted which would see the building transformed into three seperate retail units. As well as sub-dividing the unit, the application also seeks planning permission for a rear extension into the existing service yard, the installation of a mezzanine floor, alterations to the car park and service yard and associated works and development. It has been submitted by property agent Savills on behalf of investor RPMI Railpen and would see the building brought back into use, having stood empty since March. In the application, the company states it expects 106 full-time jobs to be created by the proposal, with one of the newly sub-divided units to become a food store. Material submitted with the application by Savills says: "All three units will be used for retail purposes within Class A1. "Unit A1 will measure approximately 1,686 square metres … [Read more...] about Toys ‘R’ Us building to be transformed into three new shops
GOOD morning, class. No talking at the back, please. I’d like to begin with a moan. A study sponsored by Sainsbury’s and Oxfam last year calculated that more than 235 million articles of clothing were sent to landfill annually. Discarded clothing has been one of the fastest-growing sources of British waste over the past decade. -- Advertisement -- The fashion industry relies on our irresistible compulsion for fast, cheap, disposable clothes. Especially uncomfortable, daft-looking clothes (and stiletto heels) worn by a sleb. Wear once, throw away. If it looks bizarre, it must be great. Well, I blame Brexit! It’s obvious. People can see that crashing out of the EU single market and customs union is going to result in delays to the import of skinny jeans, fashion-forward tops and shoes – and naturally, higher prices. Just like car manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies, the fashion-conscious ladies and gents of the UK have been compelled to stockpile in … [Read more...] about Has hyper-consumerism turned us into a throwaway society?
Kelly Tyko USA TODAY Published 2:36 AM EDT Sep 26, 2018 Parents, this is your public service announcement. Target, Walmart and Amazon have released their hot toy lists for the 2018 holiday season, and they include many of the toys expected to top kids' wish lists and sell out quickly. BlackFriday.com looked at the three retailers' toy lists to craft its "Top 10 Holiday Toys 2018" predictions, said Sarah Hollenbeck, shopping and retail expert for the popular holiday website. "With Toys R Us out of the holiday picture for the first time in decades, these retailers have stepped up their stock and are making toys a huge focus for the upcoming holiday season," Hollenbeck said. More: Hatchimals, hoverboards and Fingerlings are tops as Walmart unveils best toy picks More: Amazon's Top 25 toys for the 2018 holidays. Get your gift list ready More: American Girl Doll, He-Man and Tickle Me Elmo throw down for Toy Hall of Fame honors Target is doubling the number of new … [Read more...] about Holiday shopping 2018: These are expected to be the hottest toys
Plymouth’s empty Toys R Us stores was bought by the council as part of a £30.5million transaction, it has emerged. Asset and property management company FI Real Estate Management sold the Western Approach site, including its car park, as one of six former Toys R Us properties. The package, which forms part of the Duke Portfolio, was split up into a series of deals worth £30.5million. Plymouth City Council bought the long-term lease on the vacant store for an undisclosed sum and said it needed to do this to help bring about the regeneration of the city’s Millbay district. The other properties in the package are in Cardiff, Liverpool, Shrewsbury, Woking and York and, including Plymouth, total 222,319sq ft of retail space. They have been sold to a variety of buyers. Plymouth City Council, which snapped up the 49,771sq ft unit, was not the only local authority to wade in: Cardiff Council completed the purchase of a 40,000sq ft unit opposite Cardiff International Pool. … [Read more...] about City’s Toys R Us bought by council as part of £30.5m sell-off