The popular toy department at Jenners in Edinburgh has now closed permanently.
As reported by the Edinburgh Evening News, customers who visited the Hamleys branch in the basement of the Princes Street store were greeted with a closure sign which said “The basement is now closed”, while the steps to the famous basement toy shop were roped off. It is understood there are no plans to reopen the store.
Customers have also been informed that the childrenswear department has moved temporarily to the first floor. Jenners has apologised “for any inconvenience”.
The most recent Hamleys outlet opened in the famous capital department store less than two years ago. The reopening was something of a u-turn for the toy brand after a similar concession in Jenners was closed in 2009 after less than 18 months. This latest venture has lasted only slightly longer. The toy shop had been in the basement under other management in the interim.
One Jenners shopper commented: “Jenners was an Edinburgh institution, but over the years since the shop has been left to crumble. The toy store was for many years iconic but a recent trip last year left me dismayed.”
Another added: “I feel like part of my childhood has died.”