Husband and wife team, Gary and Catherine Grant, founded The Entertainer in 1981 when they opened a local toy shop in Amersham, Bucks. Thirty four years later, The Entertainer now employs more than 1,200 people in its stores and a further 150 based at its head office in Amersham. Staying true to the company’s roots and heritage, the 100th store will be launched in the county where it all began.
The Entertainer has seen profits soar in the last five years, is bucking the current trend across the retail industry and has plans to open an additional 14 high street stores across the UK in 2015.
The group is looking forward to celebrating the grand opening of its 100th store with a special trolley dash by children from a local children’s charity, PACE, who work with children and young people with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy. Children from a local school will also be taking part in arts and crafts activities, having their faces painted and meeting their favourite pre-school characters. Local media and radio station, Mix 96, will be covering the opening with prizes and games and SpongeBob SquarePants will be making a special appearance on Saturday.
MD and Founder Gary Grant commented: “After experiencing such solid growth across the UK, our 100th store marks a major milestone for The Entertainer. We wish our new store manager Jennifer Allison the very best of luck, and we look forward to bringing joy and wonder to the children of Aylesbury and to continuing our expansion in 2015 onto more high streets throughout the UK.”