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Learning Express of Lake Zurich Joins Aloha Construction in a Charitable Shopping Spree

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Lake Zurich, IL. Rick Derr, owner of Learning Express Toys of Lake Zurich, was recently featured in a Gazette Day article, by Erica Smith. Erica discusses the collaboration between Learning Express, Aloha Construction and the Dave Farbaky Foundation for their annual charity event to bring joy to underprivileged children in their area. Aloha Construction created the Dave Farbaky Foundation to …


Learning Express of Westborough, MA Featured in the Milford Daily News

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Milford, MA. Learning Express of Westborough, MA, which reopened July 24 at 50 E. Main St. in Westborough, MA, was recently featured in a Milford Daily News article by Mike Gleason. Mike discussed the transition of the store from the previous owner, Tina Jacobson, to Mike & Lauren Derse of Harvard, MA. The store first opened in 2005 with franchise …


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 …


Lauren Derse Gives Thank You Speech to Sharon DiMinico at 30th Anniversary Banquet

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CHANDLER, Arizona – The following transcript is from a speech delivered by Lauren Derse, daughter of Founder & CEO Sharon DiMinico at the 2017 Learning Express Convention at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, AZ. It all started in 1982. Mom, pregnant for the first time, was shopping for my nursery furniture and baby gear at several stores in …

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Learning Express of The Woodlands, TX Featured on Local Photographer’s Blog

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas – In early June, Texas-based photographer, Kara Powell, took some wonderful photos of Learning Express Toys of the Woodlands, TX and interviewed franchisee and Vice President of the Franchise Advisory Council (FAC), Deb Tandy. See the rest of Ms. Powell’s interview and photographs of Deb Tandy’s store at her blog here:


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 of Lake Zurich: Making a difference in its community

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Learning Express Toys values being “your local neighborhood toy store.” Part of that means being a good neighbor by helping organizations in our local communities. It all started in 1987. Learning Express, Inc. was originally founded as a way to raise funds for a school in Groton, Massachusetts. That value of generosity has remained a key part of our franchise …


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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Learning Express Toys programs featured on ABC news

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Recently, Learning Express Toys was excited to see some of our great programs featured on WHAS11, the Louisville, Kentucky ABC affiliate. Unique programs like the Bunny Buffet—the personalized Easter basket one-stop shop—and our Birthday Box registry make fun, lighthearted media segments. At Learning Express Toys of Louisville, store manager Elaine Griffin showed the toy store to Angie Fenton from Great Day Live! Angie, a …