The Entertainer to open first overseas stores

Published on: 21st February 2013

Toy retailer The Entertainer is to open its first overseas stores in Pakistan and Dubai as it builds on its UK expansion.

The Entertainer, which has 78 stores in the UK, has chosen an unnamed franchise partner for its Pakistan operation, while managing director Gary Grant said three potential partners are “very anxious” to take on the franchise in Dubai.

Gary said the retailer had found a strong franchise partner that is “professional and enthusiastic”. “They’re not a small company and they know what’s expected,” he said.

The Entertainer revealed in November it was considering international stores after it recorded pre-tax profit up 24.2% to £1.3m in the year to January 28, 2012. You can read more about the company’s international plans in our interview with Duncan Grant.

The Entertainer plans to open 12 stores in the UK this year, including its first Scottish store, to be located in Glasgow.

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