Founder & CEO Discusses Toys “R” Us Bankruptcy and Why Local Toy Stores are Here to Stay

Jon Monahan Toy Industry

DEVENS, Massachusetts. The hard lesson to be learned from the Toys “R” Us’ bankruptcy and now liquidation, for all those fast-growing businesses that dream of going public or aggressively expanding using private equity is “Beware!” Hind-sight is always 20/20, but had Toys “R” Us taken a more conservative growth path, and invested their profits in developing a knowledgeable sales force, …

Founder & CEO Explains Why Local Toy Stores Are Thriving

Jon Monahan Toy Industry

DEVENS, Massachusetts. New Orleans ABC affiliate, WGNO, recently interviewed Learning Express Toys CEO & Founder, Sharon DiMinico. In the interview, DiMinico discussed her company’s unique in-store experience that keeps customers coming through the door in an ever-increasing digital age. “We have been able to withstand the growth of Amazon and Walmart,” DiMinico said. “We’ve coexisted with Toys ‘R’ Us for …

Cary Store Owner Talks In-Store Experience

Jon Monahan Local Franchise News Article, Owner Spotlight, Toy Industry

CARY, North Carolina. William Meredith, owner of five Learning Express franchises in the Raleigh, NC Metro Area, was recently interviewed on local television channel WRAL. In the interview, Meredith described the importance of in-store customer experience. “The in-store experience is what we are trying to do really well with,” he said. To read the article and see the entire segment …

Wilmington Store Ready to Serve New Customers

Jon Monahan Local Franchise News Article, Owner Spotlight, Toy Industry

WILMINGTON, North Carolina. Mark Fair, owner of Learning Express Toys of Wilmington, NC, was recently interviewed by local NBC Network affiliate WECT. In the interview, Fair described how all Learning Express Toys franchises are ready to welcome the Toys “R” Us customer base. “We offer a great in-store experience,” he said. “We offer a place where people can come play …

Learning Express Home Office Buying Team Featured In Toy Association’s Toy Fair Recap

Jon Monahan Toy Fair, Toy Industry

NEW YORK, New York. Lisa Visco, Vice President of Merchandising at Learning Express Toys, was quoted in the Toy Association’s recap of Toy Fair 2018. Lisa remarked on the innovative new products she saw from Learning Express’ vendors. “It looks like 2018 should be another strong year for toys!” she said. Founded in 1916, The Toy Association, Inc. is the …

Learning Express Founder & CEO Sharon DiMinico Discusses the Current State of the Toy Industry

Jon Monahan Toy Fair, Toy Industry

DEVENS, Massachusetts. Learning Express Toys Founder & CEO, Sharon DiMinico, shared her thoughts on the State of the Toy Industry in an article of the February 2018 issue of The Toy Book. In the article, Sharon discussed Learning Express’ top selling toys of the holiday season and surprises she did not expect. Sharon also mentioned the company’s toy expectations for …

Learning Express Woodstock Thrives In Changing Industry

Jon Monahan Local Franchise News Article, Owner Spotlight, Toy Industry

WOODSTOCK, Georgia. Learning Express Toys of Woodstock store owner, Jeffrey Weiss, was recently featured in a news article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In the article, Jeff discussed how his store continues to flourish in the e-commerce age. For independent toy sellers, the article explains that it is important to hire people who love toys and want to get to know …

Chattanooga’s 12 Days Of Christmas

Jon Monahan Owner Spotlight, Toy Industry

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee. Patrick Holland, owner of Learning Express Toys Chattanooga and Mountain Top Toys, a Learning Express Store, met with 3 Plus You WRCBTV Channel 3 to discuss toy & gift ideas for Chattanooga’s “12 Days of Christmas”. “We’re excited for 12 days, where we will feature a different toy for kids of all ages,” Holland, said. The segment runs …