Monday, July 27, 2020

Lost shops - Toys R Us in Warrington

A look at the old Toys R Us store in Warrington.


Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020

In our continued look at old, defunct and lost shops we took a walk round the old Toys R Us store in Warrington, Cheshire at the weekend.

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020

Toys R Us ceased trading in the UK back in April 2018 and the Warrington location has been empty since then. The site will become a car dealership in the future.

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020

While very little of the signage is still in place you can still clearly see ghost signs of the TOYS R US and BABIES R US logos on the building.


Working at Toys R Us

My first job while at university in the year 2000 was as one of Geoffrey's helpers at the Luton store. I worked on the video game and electronics section.

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
We never had these branded bollards at the Gypsy Lane store in Luton

A look round the Warrington location

Here are some more snaps and videos of the store as it looked in July 2020.

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
The approach to the store

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
These branded stones are very very nice

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
Ghost signage





Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
The lettering from the old sign is still visible on the side of the building

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
Note the markings on the ground

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
Coronavirus social distancing warnings

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
The container loading bay. When I worked at Toys R Us I spent parts of my evening shifts unloading the containers

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
One of the few signs still on the building. While it's unbranded, the Toys R Us typeface is recognisable

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
Toys R Us and Babies R Us ghost signs

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
The overgrown trolley bay at the front of the store

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
An empty trolley bay

Toys R Us in Warrington. July 2020
A 'tombstone' to the dead brand

Toys R Us in Ancoats, Manchester

I took a look at the old Toys R Us store at the Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester just prior to it's demolition in March 2019.

Check out photos of that location from two visits in February 2019 - one / two.

We had a look at what's left of the old Central Retail Park last Friday.

Lost shops

We've seen a number of other old and defunct brands on our travels around the country including Woolworths in Stoke-on-Trent, Woolworths Big W in Edinburgh, Kwik Save in Barrow-in-Furness, Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Tandy in Hitchin and RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes.

Do you have a favourite old shop brand from the past?

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