A WORLD famous toy store is set to move to Burton in just two weeks – as one of the brand’s first town centre shops in the UK.
The Mail can reveal that Toy R Us is moving to Coopers Square shopping centre’s former HMV unit, which has been empty since last year when the film, games and music chain closed down many of its stores across the UK.
The move is set to create seven new roles for local people, and existing staff from Toys R Us stores will also be taking up the new posts.
The major toy chain, which usually sets up in large warehouses at the edge of town, has recently opened four smaller shops, specifically in town centres, with Burton being one of them.
A spokesman for Toys R Us, said: “It will be a fairly small store. We are moving into shopping centres as we have found they are a really good area for us and it is something new for us.
“We have about four to five shopping centre stores in the UK and we have been looking around the UK to see where the most obvious local units could be and we have found a unit in Burton.
“We are really pleased that it will be Burton’s biggest toy store.”
The news has been welcomed by Dave Chadfield, manager of Coopers Square shopping centre, who said: “I think it is good for the town and is much overdue. We haven’t had anything like this before.
“I know they normally have big store but we will be getting a smaller store. I know there are a few of them around the UK but we also have the car park.
“It will be primarily for fast moving products.
“It will be a good draw and positive for the town, drawing people in as it is a worldwide brand.”
It is even more welcome news for Coopers Square after it was announced last year a planned small extension next to the car park will provide various cafes and restaurants.
It comes after a £25 million large two-storey extension, set to create 200 jobs, was shelved after the shopping centre was sold to new owners, leading to major department store, Debenhams pulling out of plans to move in. It prompted a hard-hitting statement from East Staffordshire Borough Council.