Thursday, November 26, 2020

Toys R Us at the Wyvern Retail Park in Derby

A look at a relic from a lost time.


Toys R Us at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby
The front of the store

It was marvellous to find the old Toys R Us store at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby.

Toys R Us at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby
A corner of the store

Sadly Toys R Us ceased trading in the UK in April 2018.

Toys R Us at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby
All of the big signs are still in place

Toys R Us at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby
The rear and side of the store

Luckily there are still remnants of the brand on some retail parks in the UK.

I worked in the Gipsy Lane store in Luton, Bedfordshire back in the year 2000. I got the job shortly after arriving in the town to study at the university.

Toys R Us at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby
A magical place

Thanks to Blast From The Past on Instagram for the heads-up about the Derby store still being there.

If you know of any other old Toys R Us shops do let me know.

More photos from our trip to Toys R Us at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby


Toys R Us at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby
The container loading bay. When I worked at Toys R Us I spent parts of my evening shifts unloading the containers at the Luton store

Toys R Us at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby
A lovely old sign

Toys R Us at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby
Look at the markings in the car park bay on the left

Toys R Us at Wyvern Retail Park in Derby
One part of the trolley bays is still there

Other former Toys R Us stores

This year we've also been to the old Toys R Us stores at Gemini Retail Park in Warrington, the Festival retail park in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent and at the Deepdale shopping centre in Preston.

We took at look at the old Toys R Us store at the Central Retail Park in Ancoats, Manchester just prior to its demolition in March 2019.

Other lost brands

Our travels have seen us spot the remnants of a number of old and defunct brands, including Woolworths in Stoke-on-Trent, Tandy in Hitchin, RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes, Kwik Save in Barrow-in-Furness and Blockbuster Video stores in Fallowfield, Manchester, Colne, Lancashire, Prescot, Merseyside and Chester, Cheshire.

1 comment:

Richard Gottfried said...

Videos of the old Toys R Us store at the Wyvern Retail Park in Derby, November 2020.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4