The new shop, called Toy Box, will be opening on Market Street next month.
The shop will be owned and run by Serrina Budworth. Serrina used to be a nursery nurse and has always had an interest in children’s toys, but this will be her first retail venture.
She commented: “I always thought that I’d love to open my own shop. I’ve come into town a few times to get presents for nieces and nephews and there’s not been a great selection. An opportunity came up with the unit and I decided to take the plunge. I want to provide Kettering with a nice, independent shop selling traditional and wooden toys.”
Kettering’s town centre has had a rough ride in recent months with Marks and Spencer earmarked for closure, and the Body Shop and Gala Bingo shutting its doors. Toy Box Kettering is a stone’s throw from independent shopping district The Yards and other small retailers such as Bottle Mix.
Serrina continued: “Because of some of the big shops leaving it’s time for the independent retailers to thrive. I think it’s the way forward and will attract people into town.”
The shop, which opens in July, will sell toys for children aged up to the age of six. Toys on sale will include wooden vehicles, educational puzzles, rocking dinosaurs, cranes, train tracks, wooden food and more.
Serrina added: “I just want people to come and have a look! I feel very positive about the things I’m selling and I can’t wait to get going.”
To follow the shop’s progress visit its Facebook page here.