Two independent toy retailers to close down

Published on: 2nd January 2014

Gene Jarred’s Stokelds toy centre, nursery store and stationers, and Jo Nicholson’s Hullabaloo Toys are to close.hullabalooguisborough300 

Stokeld’s toy centre and nursery store has traded in Guisborough’s Fountain Street since 1982. Owner Gene Jarred said a combination of higher rent and competition from online retailers had made the business “unsustainable”.

The toy and nursery part of the building has been split off and has been put on the market by owners Stokelds. The shop’s art and stationery business part, which Mr Jarred owns, is continuing to trade for the forseeable future in smaller premises on the same site.

Six staff have been affected by redundancy and three others are continuing at the new shop. Gene said: “I would like to thank all our loyal customers and staff who have supported us, some of whom have worked for us for more than 25 years. It’s a sad day to see three decades of trade come to an end.”

Jo Nicholson has also announced that her independent toy store on Parsonage Green in Wilmslow is closing down. Jo has been trying to sell the business for the last year, as it has become difficult to manage with two young children, but having been unable to find a buyer she will now close following eight years in business.

Jo said competing with online retailers, the Trafford Centre, Manchester markets, and rent and rates were contributing factors to the closure. Wilmslow will now be left without a toy shop. A closing down sale will start today (Thursday 2nd January) with 50% off all stock and 25% off Djeco arts and crafts.

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