Learning Express Toys to Celebrate Re-Opening, New Ownership in Westborough, MA

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WESTBOROUGH, MA. Learning Express Toys, the nation’s largest educational toy franchise, welcomes new owners Lauren and Mike Derse to its Westborough location. The toy store temporarily closed in June when previous owner Tina Jacobson retired and moved out of state. The new owners plan to re-open July 24. To celebrate, the store will hold a Grand Re-Opening Sept. 8-10 with …

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Learning Express Toys Celebrates a New Location in South Tampa, FL

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SOUTH TAMPA, Florida. Learning Express Toys, the nation’s largest educational toy franchise, congratulates owners Susan Foster and daughter Erika Stigleman to their brand new location in South Tampa, FL. Susan and Erika held their Re-Grand Opening April 7-9 with appearances by Elmo, Chase, Marshall and Peppa Pig. They also had face painting, balloons and raffles, and many more activities. To …


Learning Express Toys Hosts Grand Opening in Frisco, TX

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Frisco, TX, March 9, 2017 – Join Learning Express Toys, the nation’s largest educational toy retailer, for a fun-filled, weekend-long grand opening celebration at its brand-new Frisco, Texas location Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26. Elmo, Marshall and Peppa Pig will be guests of honor throughout the weekend, which will kick off Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Festivities will …

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Learning Express Toys Ranked Among the Franchise Elite in Entrepreneur’s Esteemed 38th Annual Franchise 500®

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Devens, Mass., March 7, 2017 – Learning Express Toys, the nation’s largest educational toy retailer, was recently ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Recognized by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® places Learning Express Toys as number 271 for its exceptional performance in areas …


5 Ways the Learning Express Toys Affiliate Store Benefits Franchisees

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Learning Express’ affiliate store, opened in September 2016, gives our Home Office buyers, marketers and other staff easy access to the in-store experience and offers a depth to our ability to support franchisees. In addition, the store allows new franchisees and store managers to gain valuable on-site training before launching their careers with Learning Express Toys. Here are 5 ways …


Learning Express Toys Store Owners Named Among America’s Star Franchisees by CNBC

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WORTHINGTON, Ohio – Connie and Todd Jacob, owners of Learning Express Toys of New Albany, Worthington and Upper Arlington, Ohio, were recently named among America’s Star Franchisees by CNBC and Franchise Business Review. The Jacobs were chosen from 28,500 franchisees representing 364 brands, according to Franchise Business Review. Selection criteria for the franchise included a strong proof of concept, clean reporting, solid …


Learning Express Toys Introduces New Corporate Store and Play Center Concept in Bedford, MA

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Bedford, MA Learning Express Inc., the nation’s largest educational toy franchisor, opens a flagship Learning Express Toys location—the first corporate-owned store since 1995—in the redeveloped Bedford Marketplace (Whole Foods plaza) in September. Adjacent to the toy store, Learning Express, Inc. is introducing a new concept: Learning Express Play, a children’s activity center and play museum for children ages 6 months …

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Autism Speaks and Learning Express Toys Announce Partnership

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Learning Express Toys, the nation’s leading franchisor of specialty toy stores, announces a yearlong partnership with Autism Speaks. As a proud supporter of Autism Speaks’ mission, Learning Express Toys, with more than 120 locations across the country, will offer various ways for shoppers to donate to this life-changing organization. During the month of April—Autism Awareness month—in exchange for a $2 or …


Learning Express Toys Welcomes Four New Locations

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Holiday shoppers, gleeful children, Santa, and Top Toys fill the aisles of Learning Express Toys this time of year. Four new stores are experiencing the delight of the season, with grand openings in November (Mandeville, LA; Lafayette, CA; Manhattan) and December (Holmdel, NJ). During their first evening of their grand opening, Mandeville owners Rhonda Folse Solomon and Jeanne Murry hosted …