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Long-running Banbury toy shop to close

Published on: August 11th, 2017

Trinders toy, bike and model shop has sat on Banbury’s Broad Street since 1906.

Founded by brothers Albert and Stanley Trinder, the original shop sold cycles and accessories, sheet music, pianolas, records and equipment, before expanding into toys and models. Current owners Peter and Hilary Allison acquired the Banbury icon piecemeal, first purchasing the cycle department of the store in 1996 before purchasing the two-storey toy and model shop in 2000.

The couple, now in their 70s, are retiring, and despite the business remaining buoyant they cannot find a buyer so will continue trading until just after Christmas.

Peter Allinson commented: “My background is bikes. I was the managing director at Dawes Cycles in Birmingham. Then I owned bike shops and that’s how I came to be involved here. We’ve put out some feelers but everyone just wants to beg the stock so we might as well trade it out. We’re not going bust or anything; we’re just going to close.”

“In 2000 we were the only game in town really. There were obviously other people selling toys but we were very busy in those days. It’s got tighter and tighter with the Internet but everybody sells toys, not just Tesco, Sainsbury’s and other supermarkets but Boots sells toys even garden centres sell toys.”

The closure will mean the loss of five additional jobs with the Trinders staff collectively working for the shop for over 100 years.

Peter added: “We’re going to miss it, it’s been quite an emotional time. We’ve got one guy who’s worked for us and our predecessor since he was a boy; he’s now 68.”

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