Frenchgate Shopping Centre is welcoming the fastest-growing high street toy retailer in the UK to Doncaster – and The Entertainer has already begun recruiting for nine jobs.
The Entertainer is expected to open at the centre in September and will take over the former Toys R Us unit.
Paddy Mellon, Frenchgate General Manager, said: “With the news that Toys R Us were closing stores across the UK earlier this year, we are very pleased to be able to announce that The Retailer will be joining us at Frenchgate, enhancing our children’s toy and leisure offer.
“The Entertainer is renowned for providing an outstanding customer experience with stores located on high streets, in town centres and in major shopping centres across the UK so we are thrilled to be chosen as their first outlet in Doncaster.
“The store’s mission is ‘to be the best-loved toyshop – one child, one community at a time’ and we can’t wait to welcome the team to our Frenchgate community.”
The Entertainer currently has 145 shops in the UK, plus 20 international stores through its successful partnerships. The family-owned and operated business has seen unprecedented growth for six consecutive years and employs more than 1,500 staff across its shops, head office and distribution warehouses.
Karen Ewing, Store Manager of The Entertainer said: “We are looking forward to bringing some fun to Frenchgate Shopping Centre and welcoming excited children through our doors.”
The Entertainer announcement follows major leisure operator Flip Out which opened earlier this month (July) when Frenchgate became the first shopping centre in the north to welcome the UK’s biggest trampoline park operator. Frenchgate redeveloped the former BHS site as the new Flip Out venue – the first change of use of this kind for a former BHS unit in the UK and Ireland.