Preview of the new Derbion toy store before opening this weekend

New images have given customers a glimpse of a new Derbion toy store ahead of its opening this weekend. Toy Planet will open its new store on the ground floor of the City Mall at 9am on Saturday, April 30.

The local independent retailer is moving into a new unit, located next to KRCS and Trespass, which is twice the size of its old store. The old branch, located next to Starbucks on the same floor, has now closed as stock moves to the new outlet, which will add more than 1,200 square feet to its footprint.

The award-winning toy retailer will host several costumed characters on opening day, including Pikachu from Pokémon, Baby JJ from Cocomelon and Blue from Blues Clues. All the characters will appear at different times between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and there will also be photo opportunities with life-size Lego statues.

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Ahead of the opening, store manager Rob Simms said, “We are really looking forward to opening the new store. We work hard to ensure that customers have a great experience when visiting us.

“They can expect to find all the latest and greatest toys, as well as more unusual items from our brand, including anime and horror merchandise. The store looks great and we can’t wait to share it with everyone on Saturday.

“To celebrate our new store, we are welcoming several exciting guests and attractions on opening day. We will be joined by several popular characters including Pokémon’s Pikachu, Blue from Blues Clues and You and JJ from the online hit Cocomelon.

“We’ll also be hosting a make your own slime station, in association with Slime Party UK. You’ll find all of this and more exciting experiences when we grand reopen.”

Adam Tamsett, Managing Director of Derbion, said: “We are delighted that another of our retailers has shown real confidence in the city by investing in a much larger space in Derbion. We are thrilled to see Toy Planet reopen the doors to their refreshed store and for visitors to see the fantastic changes to their space!

The company, which does business as Midco Toys, also has a Toymaster store in the Octagon Mall in Burton. In January, the retailer was crowned Independent Toy Retailer of the Year (Multi-Store) at the 2021 Toy Industry Awards, held at London’s Olympia. It is not the first time that he has won this distinction, having already received it in 2013.

In other Derbion news, major UK fashion retailer River Island is to take a bigger unit on Level 2 this summer, allowing the brand to offer a greater variety of fashion across women’s, men’s and children’s clothing. Spanning 11,000 square feet, the new outlet will be more than 30% larger than its existing store on the same floor, which will continue to trade until the new branch opens.

British retail giant Next will invest “significant investment” in its store as a revamp begins in June, with improvements due to be completed by mid-August. Once the renovation is complete, the store will have a new entrance as well as improved interior features and lighting.

A section of Next’s Level 2 floor space will also be occupied by health and beauty retailer Bath and Body Works following the changes. The US-based company offers skin and body care products, as well as gifts.

The highly anticipated Frasers opening should take place by the end of this year. Work to be developed the new department store, spanning three floors of the mall, is set to kick off this summer ahead of a scheduled opening in the final months of 2022.

Check out the gallery below for a preview of Toy Planet’s new Derbion store ahead of Saturday’s opening: