Kids the VIPs as toy store opens

The public enter the store at the opening of The Entertainer
The public enter the store at the opening of The Entertainer
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The town’s newest toy shop celebrated a successful opening day in which 1,000 people came through the doors of its 100th store.

The Entertainer opened the landmark store in Friars Square Shopping Centre, Aylesbury on Saturday.

Siblings Alex and Lauren Cianfini  pictured with owner Gary Grant during a trolley dash at the opening of The Entertainer

Siblings Alex and Lauren Cianfini pictured with owner Gary Grant during a trolley dash at the opening of The Entertainer

The fun started at 8.15am with a trolley dash as siblings Lauren and Alex Cianfini from children’s charity PACE filled their trolleys with as many items as possible for free.

Deputy mayor of Aylesbury Cllr Allison Harrison, deputy chairman of Bucks County Council Bill Chapple and founder of The Entertainer Gary Grant opened the store before the first 100 children received a free goody bag.

Children’s characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Lego Ninjago and Mr Banker from the Monopoly game joined in the fun while there was also face-painting, balloon art and free cake on offer.

Store manager Jen Allison said: “We had about 850 paying customers on the first day but almost 1,000 people through the doors.

The public queue ahead of the opening of The Entertainer

The public queue ahead of the opening of The Entertainer

“We had a soft opening day last week and got some really good feedback.

“We see our store as one big party where the children are the VIPs.”

A team of seven staff work at the Aylesbury branch of The Entertainer, which was named as one of the top 100 companies to work for in the country in a recent Sunday Times poll.

Mrs Allison said: “All our staff are from the local area and we care about our customers, the children, and go out of our way to help them have a really enjoyable time when they visit here.”

Opening of The Entertainer in Friars Square Shopping Centre

Opening of The Entertainer in Friars Square Shopping Centre

Staff on the first day at The Entertainer

Staff on the first day at The Entertainer