Toys 'R' Us To Reopen In Australia Next Week
Less than one year after going into liquidation, giant retailer Toys R Us is preparing to reopen its Australian doors.
The store's US-based parent company Tru Kids Inc announced it was entering into an exclusive licensing agreement with Hobby Warehouse on Wednesday.
From next week, Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us will begin shipping goodies from their online stores in Australia.
As part of the revival, the brand will also expand to New Zealand shoppers for the first time.
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But if you were hoping to let your kids loose among the store's sprawling aisles once again, don't hold your breath.
“Previously, the Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us business model in Australia was focused primarily on large, physical retail stores," Hobby Warehouse Commercial Advisor Kevin Moore said in a statement.
"Going forward, the business model for Australia and New Zealand will be online focused, with smaller and few psychical 'experience centres' that allow children and their families and friends to see and touch our products."
These 'experience centres' will be launched at the start of 2020, while customers will be able to place online orders from June 12.
The toy retailer entered voluntary administration in May last year, before 44 stores were forced to close across the country. About 700 Australians were left without a job.