Kelly Tyko USA TODAY Published 12:01 AM EDT Apr 4, 2019 Retailers are going gaga for babies. After all, they're big business. With the opening left after the collapse of Babies R Us and Toys R Us, retailers have been eager to attract that booming baby market. "Consumers want the best for their babies so are willing to spend on both everyday essentials and more infrequent purchases like cribs and clothing," said Neil Saunders, managing director of retail consultancy GlobalData. "This is a consumer retailers want to attract." To that end, several big names have filled the void that came with the loss of the iconic baby and toy stores by expanding their offerings to cater to parents and parents-to-be. Both Target and Walmart enhanced their websites and added new brands to their stores. J.C. Penney added baby departments in 500 stores last August. Online sales of baby products is a $7.5-billion industry, according to a March 2018 IBISWorld report. Amazon leads the market … [Read more...] about Life after Toys R Us, Babies R Us: What Walmart and Target are doing
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Work is progressing on the redevelopment of the former Toys 'R' Us unit on the Gallagher Retail Park in Scunthorpe. The building, which closed last March after the toy retailer's UK operation went into administration, will be transformed into three separate shop units which could bring more than 100 jobs. The largest of the sub-divided units is expected to be filled by a food store, although it is not yet known which companies will be moving in. Planning permission was given in January for the conversion of the Toys 'R' Us building, with the project also to include a rear extension to the service yard, the installation of a mezzanine floor and changes to the car park. The application, submitted by property agent Savills on behalf of investor RPMI Railpen, said a total of 106 full-time jobs would be created by the proposal. It stated: "All three units will be used for retail purposes within Class A1. "Unit A1 will measure approximately 1,686 square metres and be used as a food store and … [Read more...] about Work starts on transformation of former Toys ‘R’ Us store
An exciting new pop-up charity shop has opened within the former Toys R Us building , which shut last March. Local charity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth has officially moved into the empty store on Western Approach and has already been overwhelmed with customers. And there's something even more special about this shop, because as well as stocking furniture, it is also the artists' hub for Elmer's Big Parade Plymouth, before the 40 individually designed Elmers hit the city this summer. You can find out more about them here. Scroll down to see a gallery of pictures inside the new store. St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Commercial Director, Mike Dukes said: “This is a very exciting venture for us and will be our largest shop in Devon and Cornwall. “Our shops provide a vital source of fundraising to enable us to deliver compassionate care to patients and their families when they need us most. We estimate that we will generate enough income … [Read more...] about Inside Toys R Us building brought back to life as charity shop
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?