A MASSIVE toy retailer will be returning to UK high streets within weeks.
Nine Toys R Us stores will be opening across the UK, with one set to welcome shoppers as soon as next week (June 10).
It marks the first time the retailer will be back as a store since 2018.
The new shops will be opening within WHSmith stores.
Each Toys R Us branch will sell a range of toys including brands like Barbie, Bluey, Fisher Price, Hot Wheels, Lego, Paw Patrol, Star Wars and more.
Shoppers will be able to browse and play with toys before ordering them digitally in store – in a similar concept to the way Argos works.
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The first store will be opening on Saturday, June 10 at WHSMiths' Monks Cross retail park in York.
Another eight shops will be opening across the UK throughout the summer.
Here's the full list of locations where Toys R Us will be opening:
- 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)
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We've asked WHSmith if it plans to open any more stores after these nine and will update the piece once we know more.
Sean Toal, managing director of WHSmith High Street, said: “The brand has long been known for its exceptional range of toys and games and complements our existing offer well.
"Across each of the nine locations, we have a great team of colleagues who look forward to welcoming many new and existing customers over the coming weeks and showcasing the new store layout and, not forgetting, Geoffrey the Giraffe."
The iconic chain collapsed in 2018 and closed all of its 100 UK branches, but announced plans for a relaunch in October last year.
The UK relaunch follows successful attempts to make a comeback in the US and Australia.
A new online store launched just before Christmas last year.
It was selling 14,000 toys from over 100 different suppliers.
Customers can get free delivery on all orders over £20 and next-day delivery on orders placed before 6pm.
The standard delivery charges match those of Smyths toy store which charges £2.99 for delivery of orders between £10 and £20 and £4.99 on orders below £10.
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