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Godalming toy shop closes down

Published on: 22nd March 2017

toybox108The Toy Box had been open since 2009 but is now closing for financial reasons.

Owners, Steve Mohabir and his wife Tracey, opened the toy shop in 2009 as a tribute to their son Marcus and friends Toby and Kate Beasley, who died in a car crash in 2004.

“Unfortunately the footfall just wasn’t large enough, we have a few loyal customers but so many businesses have moved out of Godalming and there are fewer and fewer people who come in,” said Steve Mohabir. “Eight independent toy shops have already closed this year because of everyone shopping on the internet. “The industry calls toy shops like this, ‘Amazon’s window shop’ because people will come in for ideas and then buy the toy online.”

“We opened the shop because the community was so good to us after we lost our son and we wanted to give something back. It’s a real shame we have to close but the rent is too high for what we’re making.”

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