The famous toy retailer will be opening two new locations, one in Kent and one in Leeds.
Hamleys has announced the opening of two new stores. The first, located at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, opened its doors yesterday. The second will be opening at Trinity Leeds, though a date for this has not yet been confirmed.
The Bluewater store will occupy 2,500 square feet of retail space and will offer an engaging in-store play concept, with expert toy demonstrators encouraging kids to interact with their favourite toys including brands such as Lego.
Mr. Sumeet Yadav, CEO of Global Retail Business, Reliance Brands Limited said: "We are delighted to open at Bluewater Shopping Centre - Hamleys’ 187th store globally. Every year we welcome more than 10m families to our stores across the world for a unique Hamleys experience where we bring to life fun and magic every day. Every visit is unique and our goal is to put smiles on faces, build lasting memories, while adults will relive memories of their childhood at Hamleys in Bluewater."
Shoppers in Leeds have reacted positively to the news of Hamleys' arrival, which was announced in a Facebook post late on 1st October. The post read: "Hamleys is coming to Trinity Leeds! Get ready for a world of fun, magic and theatre along with the biggest selection of all your favourite toys. We can’t wait to see you and your smiles!"
One commenter wrote: "I'm having a new grandchild. My other grandchildren have Hamleys bears from when they were born, so to see I can come to Leeds, which is local to me, is brilliant.”