Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Canada have opened 10 new stores in Canada, including two first-of-its-kind standalone Babies“R”Us locations. Customers will also be able to find Toys”R”Us shop in shop in all new rooms + spaces stores, which opened earlier this summer across the country.
The expansion totals more than 300,000-square-feet of retail space and brings the toy retailer to 105 locations across the country. The new stores include eight Toys”R”Us locations, plus two standalone Babies”R”Us locations in Edmonton. A majority of the locations are new, but one is returning to communities where they were previously, like Kamloops, British Columbia.
“I believe the Canadian consumer is looking to get out and shop in-store again,” says Doug Putman of Putman Investments. “I see such a strong opportunity to invest in Canadian retail. Our recent lease acquisitions allows us to re-enter markets we were previously in, reach markets where we don’t have a presence, or, where we see potential to meet a greater demand,”
To introduce each community to their new store, Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us Canada will be holding grand opening celebrations from October 13-15 with activities like face-painting, balloon artists, and interactive toy demos, along with deals, giveaways, and visits from favourite characters, like Bluey, Cocomelon, Peppa Pig, Elmo, and Care Bears.
“These openings couldn’t have come at a better time,” says Nick Muriella, Vice President of Merchandising & Supply Chain. “Our team has been working hard to bring our customers the best offers on the most sought-after toys and baby goods. We will be stocked with the must-have top toys of the season giving our customers an early start on that gift list.”
Doors have gradually opened throughout the summer and will continue to do so this fall, completing all openings in time for the busy holiday shopping season. The new Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores are located in the following cities:
British Columbia: Burnaby, Station Square, 6200 McKay Avenue (now open!); Kamloops, Columbia Square, 500 Notre Dame Drive (now open!)
Alberta: Edmonton, South Edmonton Common, 2017 98th Street NW (Babies”R”Us stand alone, now open!), West Edmonton Mall, 8882 170 Street NW (Babies”R”Us stand alone, now open!) Calgary: Brentwood Village, 3630 Brentwood Road (opening in October), Township Centre, 80 Longview Common SE (now open!)
Ontario: Nepean, Barrhaven, 3777 Strandherd Drive (now open!); Toronto, Lawrence and Allen Center, 700 Lawrence Avenue West (opening in October)
Québec: Lachenaie, 790 Montée des Pionniers (opening in October)
Nova Scotia: Halifax, Bayer’s Lake Power Centre, 208 Chain Lake Drive (now open!)