Britain’s biggest independent toy retailer was founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife team Gary and Catherine Grant, 62 and 67. It has more than 160 UK stores, plus franchises overseas. It acquired Poly, the 50-store Spanish chain, in 2018, and the Early Learning Centre and its 520 international stores in 2019. That year its Addo Play division began supplying Toys ‘R’ Us Canada. Overseas sales hit £27.5 million in the year to January 2020. As shops closed during lockdowns, it invested in e-commerce.
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