Melton Toys closes after 12 years in business

Published on: 27th June 2022

In an emotional Facebook post, owner of Melton Toys James Colclough spoke about the challenging current economic climate.

Melton Toys in Melton Mowbray has closed its doors after 12 years of trading. Owner James Colclough announced the news in an emotional message on Facebook last Thursday in which he thanked all his customers and staff for their support over the years.

The shop opened on King Street in 2009 before moving to Nottingham Street.

James wrote: “It’s been a fantastic journey but Melton Toys is now closed. I want to celebrate our 12 years and pay tribute to our loyal customers and staff, rather than dwell on the current climate we are all living through.

From humble beginnings on King Street in 2009, to the highest highs of winning Toy Retailer of the Year in 2018, Melton Toys has seen it all. I have employed 18 amazing people over the years, all who remain friends. 14 young people can call Melton Toys their first job and I am proud of what they have gone on to achieve. I believe shop work is excellent for building confidence.

The part I will miss the most is seeing young faces at the counter and sharing in their joy when pocket money is exchanged for an exciting new toy. I believe toy shops teach children the value of money. More than one of those young faces ended up working on the other side of the counter all grown up. Sadly we tragically lost one of the toy family in 2017 and Tom will always be in our hearts.

Melton Mowbray is a fantastic town with loyal shoppers, some of mine have come in weekly for the whole 12 years. Town centre shops are often an undervalued haven for the elderly, vulnerable or lonely among us.

If you have ever shopped at Melton Toys, you did a good thing. Thank you.


Many customers expressed their sadness at the news and said the shop would be sadly missed in the town. One wrote: “Thank you for all the years. You have made my children, and now granddaughter, smile!” while another said: “My children love your shop and always looked forward to a Saturday morning walk to town to spend their pocket money.”


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