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Cambridge toy shop forced to close

Published on: 3rd January 2017

The store owner claimed that business faces stiff competition from online.

cambridge480One of Cambridge’s best-loved toy shops is closing down, blaming high rents, steep parking fees and the internet.

The Cambridge Toy Shop has been in business for 12 years. Vivienne Watson, the owner, said it was no longer possible to keep trading.

“We’re very sad to have to do it, but it is not possible to carry on the way things are,” said Vivienne. “The main issue is the extra rent we are being asked to pay, but there is also the impact of the high parking fees in Cambridge, and the increased use of the internet by people for shopping. It’s also about the cost of parking, and people’s changing shopping habits”.

The shop has launched a closing down sale, with 30% off remaining stock. Items including Lego, Brio and Playmobil were selling fast. Vivienne Watson added that the closing down sale was going well, with one floor’s worth of the two-floor premises goods now empty.

Earlier this year, another Cambridge toy store, When I Was A Kid, in Trinity Street, announced it was closing.

Paul Warner, the owner, also blamed the changing habits of internet shopping and high rents for the store’s closure after two years’ trading. “Our magical toy shop can no longer survive in the city that Cambridge has become. It really is a sad day, not just for us but for Cambridge too if a shop like ours can’t survive.”

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