Toys ‘R’ Us Canada is in the process of opening 10 new locations across the country in time for the 2023 holiday season, including two standalone Babies ‘R’ Us stores in Edmonton, Alberta. Seven of the stores already have opened, with the remainder scheduled to debut in October.
Both brands will be hosting opening celebrations Oct. 13-15, with activities including face-painting, balloon artists and interactive toy demos plus visits from popular characters like Bluey, Cocomelon, Peppa Pig, Elmo and Care Bears.
“I believe the Canadian consumer is looking to get out and shop in-store again,” said Doug Putman, Founder of Putman Investments in a statement. Toys ‘R’ Us Canada is a subsidiary of Putman Investments. “I see such a strong opportunity to invest in Canadian retail. Our recent lease acquisitions allow 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.”
“Our team has been working hard to bring our customers the best offers on the most sought-after toys and baby goods,” said Nick Muriella, VP of Merchandising and Supply Chain at Toys ‘R’ Us Canada in a statement. “We will be stocked with the must-have top toys of the season, giving our customers an early start on that gift list.”
The new locations are in:
- Halifax, Nova Scotia;
- Lachenaie, Québec;
- Toronto and Nepean, Ontario;
- Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta (two stores in each city); and
- Burnaby and Kamloops, B.C.