Scunthorpe Toys ‘R’ Us store to close next year

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The Scunthorpe Toys ‘R’ Us shop will cease trading next year, the retailer has confirmed in a closure roll-out affecting 26 stores in the UK.

The toy chain will be closing its Scunthorpe store in early 2018 due to it being ‘too big and expensive to run’.

Toys ‘R’ Us has confirmed that its Lincoln Store on St Marks will remain open.

The retailer, which currently employs around 3,200 people in the UK, will continue to sell toys online and its smaller, ‘more interactive’ stores will remain open.

It has not yet been announced when sites will officially close.

Steve Knights, managing director of Toys R Us UK, said: “Like many UK retailers in today’s market environment, we need to transform our business so that we have a platform that can better meet customers’ evolving needs.

“Our newer, smaller, more interactive stores are in the right shopping locations and are trading well, while our new website has generated significant growth in online and click-and-collect sales.

“But the warehouse style stores we opened in the 1980’s and 1990’s, while successful in the early days, are too big and expensive to run in the current retail environment.

“The business has been lossmaking in recent years and so we need to take strong and decisive action to accelerate the transformation.”