Westhoughton toy shop closes just before Christmas

The Bolton News: The Toymaster store in Market Street The Toymaster store in Market Street

A POPULAR Westhoughton toy shop has been forced to close — just three weeks before Christmas.

Toymaster, in Market Street, has closed its doors for the final time after sales figures plummeted in November.

All its remaining stock has been moved to the Blackburn store, with both full-time members of staff being offered alternative positions in Oldham.

One part-time member of staff, who was employed on a probationary basis, has lost their job.

Westhoughton Town Cou-ncil leader Cllr David Chadwick said it was sad to see the shop close and added discussions were ongoing with Bolton Council to see if anything could be done to encourage more businesses to set up.

Toymaster, which is a national purchasing group but whose stores are independently owned, will have 17 outlets left in the North of England after this closure.

Manager Gordon Walker, who also owns the building in Market Street, said: “It is closing down because of the economy in Westhoughton, which is a small market town. It is very sad and very disappointing.

“Sales were 55 per cent down in November, and December’s figures were looking like being quite similar.

“The council has not made things any easier in Westhoughton, as parking is a real problem in the centre, which means very few customers were coming to us from elsewhere.”

Mr Walker added that staff moved to Oldham will have their daily travelling expenses paid for by Toymaster.

He added: “In retrospect, I should perhaps have made this decision in January or February this year, but I felt I owed it to the staff here to give it as long as I could.”

Formerly called Tinnis-wood’s, the Market Street outlet has housed a toy shop for more than 40 years.

Cllr Chadwick said: “Obv-iously the town centre is struggling in the current climate like many areas of the country.


MORE:


“I’m very sad a long-standing business like this is closing down and feel for any staff that worked there.

“It is so easy now for people to order toys online, which means they are not using local shops like they once were.

“The new toy shop at Middlebrook, which people can get to from all over very easily, will not have helped either.”

Send us your memories of Tinniswoods to newsdesk@ theboltonnews.co.uk

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:47am Fri 6 Dec 13

oftbewildered2 says...

I have never found any difficulty parking in Westhoughton - true, parking is very limited on Market Street itself, but even with double yellow lines, it gets congested, so to allow cars to park without restriction there would cause mayhem. I am sorry to see this store close, although with honesty I can say I only shopped there once or twice a year. It offered a good class of goods. A sad sign of the times
I have never found any difficulty parking in Westhoughton - true, parking is very limited on Market Street itself, but even with double yellow lines, it gets congested, so to allow cars to park without restriction there would cause mayhem. I am sorry to see this store close, although with honesty I can say I only shopped there once or twice a year. It offered a good class of goods. A sad sign of the times oftbewildered2

8:22am Fri 6 Dec 13

Beckifish89 says...

I found toymaster to be rather expensive compared to other toy shops like toys r us and smyths, they also give you better offers for your money! Shame theyve had to shut but we live in a very money competitive country at present .
I found toymaster to be rather expensive compared to other toy shops like toys r us and smyths, they also give you better offers for your money! Shame theyve had to shut but we live in a very money competitive country at present . Beckifish89

8:35am Fri 6 Dec 13

Chrome1 says...

Not that popular if they had to close.
Not that popular if they had to close. Chrome1

10:04am Fri 6 Dec 13

Womble says...

There's no problem at all, parking in Westhoughton. I have never been unable to find a space on any of the three free car parks. There's a free 140 space car park at Pavilion Square (about 400 yards away), another free car park at Ditchfield Gardens (500 yards away) and yet another free car park behind the library (300 yards away). There's also a couple of short-stay bays on Library Street, and on-street parking on King Street, about 50 yards from the shop.
There's no problem at all, parking in Westhoughton. I have never been unable to find a space on any of the three free car parks. There's a free 140 space car park at Pavilion Square (about 400 yards away), another free car park at Ditchfield Gardens (500 yards away) and yet another free car park behind the library (300 yards away). There's also a couple of short-stay bays on Library Street, and on-street parking on King Street, about 50 yards from the shop. Womble

12:50pm Fri 6 Dec 13

LordLeverhulme says...

"The new toy shop at Middlebrook, which people can get to from all over very easily, will not have helped either"
.
Misprint there BN.
You meant....
"The new toy shop at Middlebrook, which people can BUY TOYS AT MORE REASONABLE PRICES, will not have helped either"
"The new toy shop at Middlebrook, which people can get to from all over very easily, will not have helped either" . Misprint there BN. You meant.... "The new toy shop at Middlebrook, which people can BUY TOYS AT MORE REASONABLE PRICES, will not have helped either" LordLeverhulme

3:02pm Fri 6 Dec 13

I, Ludicrous says...

There are no double yellow lines on the internet. Nowt to do with the local council, Gordon Walker. I'd be looking at my own business model prior to apportioning blame.
There are no double yellow lines on the internet. Nowt to do with the local council, Gordon Walker. I'd be looking at my own business model prior to apportioning blame. I, Ludicrous

5:46pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Keaw Yed says...

I remember a much smaller Tinniswoods shop in the fifties.
I remember a much smaller Tinniswoods shop in the fifties. Keaw Yed

8:56am Sat 7 Dec 13

Debben says...

nothing to do with parking for me
the problem was access
as a wheelchair user i just could not get in!
nothing to do with parking for me the problem was access as a wheelchair user i just could not get in! Debben

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree