Talking Retail with Learning Express Toys & Gifts’ CEO Lauren Derse on the ‘Power Kid Podcast’

Paul Harrington Franchising, Owner Spotlight, Retail, Toy Industry

THE TOY BOOK – In this week’s episode of the “Power Kid Podcast,” host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design welcomes Lauren Derse, CEO of Learning Express Toys & Gifts to the show. Derse leads the largest franchised toy store chain in the U.S. and has vast experience with store ownership and oversight. Learning Express is known for its expert …

Learning Express Toys & Gifts Ranks on Franchise Times Top 500

Paul Harrington Franchise News, Franchising, Toy Industry

The Franchise Times Top 500 is an exclusive annual ranking of the 500 largest U.S.-based franchise systems by global systemwide sales. The project is the result of a five-month research and reporting effort that leads to the most credible and objective franchise ranking available. With many of the measures meant to slow down the coronavirus pandemic coming to an end …

An American Reports from the Toymaster May Show

Meghan Thompson Convention, Franchise News, Franchising, Retail, Toy Industry

ToyWorld Magazine – Mike Derse is director of Business Development at Learning Express Toys. Based in Massachusetts, Mike heads up franchise and new business development, strategic planning, financial reporting, real estate and franchise compliance. Here he reports on his recent visit to the Toymaster May Show in Harrogate. Full Article:

Learning Express Toys Appoints New CEO at Annual Convention Commemorating 35 Years of Play

Meghan Thompson Convention, Franchise News, Franchising, Retail, Toy Industry, Uncategorized

Devens, Mass., June 30, 2022 — The Learning Express Toys & Gifts Franchise hosted its annual Convention and Vendor Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, FL earlier this week, giving store owners a first look at upcoming products from nationwide vendors.  This Convention marked the 35th anniversary of the franchise and founder Sharon DiMinico’s transition from CEO to her daughter, Lauren Derse. …

Thousands of toys donated to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida

Meghan Thompson Convention, Franchising, Philanthrophy, Retail, Toy Industry, Uncategorized

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A truckload of toys made their way to a South Florida children’s hospital, a special delivery that promises to bring smiles to the young patients and take some of the stress out of a hospital visit. 7News cameras on Wednesday captured stuffed animals, dollhouses, play sets and other toys that will be gifted to patients at …

Multi-Unit Learning Express Storeowner Reveals Top Toys For Spring

Meghan Thompson Franchising, Local Franchise News Article, Retail, Toy Industry

COLLEGEVILLE, PA. Caroline Brant, owner of two Learning Express stores in Pennsylvania; Learning Express Toys of Collegeville and Blue Bell, was recently interviewed on Fox 29 Philadelphia. She reveals her top picks for the Spring and Easter season. To view the entire interview, click the link below.

State of the Industry Q&A 2022: Learning Express

Meghan Thompson Franchise News, Franchising, Retail, Toy Industry

The Toy Book Sharon DiMinico, founder and CEO at Learning Express, talks about supply chain disruptions, top toy trends, and Learning Express exclusives in the Toy Book’s annual State of the Industry Q&A. The Toy Book: How did Learning Express plan for supply chain disruptions early in 2021?  Sharon DiMinico: Because of our close partnerships with our vendors, we knew early last year …

Learning Express Prepares for its Biggest Year Yet

Meghan Thompson Franchise News, Franchising, Retail, Toy Industry

Retail Merchandiser, Strategies for Growth With its network of locally owned toy stores continuing to grow, Learning Express prepares for its biggest year yet. As a company known for its dedicated network of local storeowners, friendly atmosphere and impressive range of on-trend toys, Learning Express continues to see success. With the help of its brand-new website, exclusive range of Squishmallow …

Kids drive demand via TikTok as Learning Express web sales soar

Meghan Thompson Franchising, Marketing Programs, Toy Industry, Uncategorized

Digital Commerce 360 Gretchen Salois Original Article Posted at Digital Commerce 360. The pandemic fueled a social commerce phenomenon that resulted in an unexpected jump in web sales thanks to children sharing popular toys like Pop Its and Squishmallows on TikTok. Toy retail chain Learning Express is riding this wave of success while keeping an eye out for the next …

Sylvania, OH Franchise Opens This Weekend

Mike Derse Franchise News, Franchising, Owner Spotlight

SYLVANIA, Ohio. A beloved local toy store returns to Sylvania, Ohio this October with the grand re-opening of Learning Express Toys and Gifts at 5577 Monroe Street. Lifelong Ohio residents, new owners Rene and Rich Rusgo are excited to bring their passion for community to a small business that helps create memories for kids of all ages. The grand re-opening …