Press Releases

  • Learning Express Toys Statement Following Toys "R" Us Chapter 11 Liquidation

    For decades, independent toy retailers have offered an intelligent alternative to aisles of pink or black. Sharon DiMinico, founder and CEO of Learning Express Toys, the largest chain of independent toy stores, explains why mom and pop toy stores have survived throughout the growth of mass market retailers and online shopping.
  • Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Learning Express Toys

    At your neighborhood toy store, the staff knows your name. They will help you pick out exactly the right toy, whether it’s for your daughter who loves crafts, your 13-year-old grandson with a sensory disorder or your neighbor’s new baby. In more than 115 cities and towns nationwide, Learning Express Toys is that locally-owned, neighborhood toy store.
  • Learning Express Toys of Bend, OR to Host Grand Opening with Elmo, Peppa and Paw Patrol

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    Bend, Oregon, Nov. 6, 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 Bend, Oreg. location Friday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 12.

     

    The celebration will feature appearances by Elmo, Peppa Pig, and Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol, as well as balloon animals, face painting, raffles and giveaways.

     

    Store owners Phil and Letty Lees each bring more than 35 years of retail and customer service experience to their newest venture. Letty has retired from running the operations of the largest family-owned furniture store in the western United States, and Phil works in the professional services division of a global software company.

     

    As parents of two grown children and grandparents to two boys, the Lees know the value of what Learning Express Toys offers: expert toy advice, a great selection of toys to inspire growth and free family events that make memories.

     

    Their son, James, will be a full-time employee of the store, making Learning Express Toys a true family business.

     

    Phil and Letty Lees have lived in Bend since 2009, but have been regular visitors to the area for decades. Early on, they were struck by the high level of customer service Bend businesses offer their customers, and they plan to bring that same community spirit to Learning Express Toys.

     

    “Chief amongst our goals and most exciting to us is the opportunity to create a local destination toy store, where it becomes the place to make kids and parents happy with their toy exploration and buying experience,” the Lees said. “Equally exciting is the prospect of building a team of people dedicated the customer experience and, as team members of Learning Express Toys, they can grow their skills in business and connection to their community.”

     

    Free family activities are scheduled throughout the weekend. For the complete Grand Opening event schedule, visit facebook.com/learningexpressbend.

     

    Store Information:

     

    Location: Bend Factory Stores, 61334 S. Highway 97, Suite 320, Bend, Oregon 97702

    Phone: 541-389-2447

    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Website: https://learningexpress.com/stores/bend-or

     

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/learningexpressbend

     

    About Learning Express Toys

    Learning Express Toys is the nation's leading franchisor of educational toy stores with more than 115 locations across the country - each one locally owned and operated. Providing an extraordinary shopping experience, Learning Express Toys is best known for its knowledgeable and playful sales staff and its unique product mix (birth – age 14). Believing that everyone who walks through the doors should be WOWED, Learning Express Toys focuses on the customer experience.

    A birthday gift registry, free gift wrapping, free personalization, civic fundraising and regularly scheduled children’s events contribute to the exceptional customer service and energetic atmosphere.

    To learn more about Learning Express Toys, franchise opportunities, or a store near you, visit learningexpress.com. ### For more information, interview requests, and media inquiries, please contact Letty Lees at bendor@learningexpress.com or 541-389-2447.

     

     

  • Learning Express Toys of Sunnyvale, CA to Host Fundraiser for Magical Bridge Playground

    Sunnyvale, CA – Sept. 6, 2017–Learning Express Toys of Sunnyvale believes that all children should have opportunities for outdoor fun and learning. That’s why the store is hosting a fundraiser for Magical Bridge Playground, an accessible playground for all ages and abilities, on Sunday, Sept. 17.

    Magical Bridge Playground will include a slide mound, spin zone, tot zone, swing & sway zone, and much more – accessible to all, including people who use wheelchairs. Construction is planned for at Fair Oaks Park in Sunnyvale beginning in fall 2018. Magical Bridge Foundation is currently raising the $3.3 million needed for construction.

    Learning Express Toys of Sunnyvale will host costumed characters from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 17, including Peppa Pig, Poppy the Troll, Marshall and Chase from Paw Patrol, and Star Wars storm troopers from the 501st Legion cosplay group. The event is free. A percentage of all sales from the day will be donated to Magical Bridges Foundation.

    “We are very excited to help bring Magical Bridge Playground to our community in Sunnyvale. Our mission at Learning Express Toys is to inspire growth through play, and this playground will support that goal for all children,” said Sangeeta Anand, owner of Learning Express Toys of Sunnyvale.

    For a complete event schedule, follow Learning Express Toys of Sunnyvale on Facebook.

    For more information about Magical Bridge Playground, visit magicalbridge.org.

    STORE INFORMATION Address: 781 E El Camino Real, #200, Sunnyvale, CA Phone: (408) 685-2424 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/learningexpresssunnyvale/ Website: https://learningexpress.com/stores/sunnyvale Store hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    About Learning Express Toys Learning Express Toys is the nation’s leading franchisor of educational toy stores with more than 120 locations across the country, each one locally owned and operated. Providing an extraordinary shopping experience, Learning Express Toys is known for its knowledgeable sales staff that offers expert advice on choosing the perfect toy, for every child, for every occasion. The Learning Express Toys product mix is carefully selected from manufacturers around the world, and each toy has exceptional play value. A birthday gift registry, free gift wrapping, free personalization, and civic fundraising make each Learning Express Toys store an integral part of its community.

    To learn more about Learning Express Toys, franchise opportunities, or a store near you, visit learningexpress.com. ### For more information, interview requests, and media inquiries, please contact Sangeeta Anand at sunnyvaleca@learningexpress.com or call the store at (408) 685-2424.

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

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    Westborough, MA, July 17, 2017Learning Express Toys, the nation’s largest educational toy retailer, 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 appearances by Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and Moana, as well as balloon animals, face painting and many more activities.

    Lauren and Mike Derse own Learning Express Toys of Bedford, as well as Learning Express Play, a children’s play space and activity center, which both opened in September 2016. As parents of two preschool-aged boys, the Derses know the value of what Learning Express offers: expert toy advice, a great selection of toys to inspire growth and free family events that make memories.

    “We are excited to meet the Westborough community and to welcome existing customers back to the store. We are unpacking exciting new products every day, and launching a full calendar of events. We hope to introduce many new Worcester County families to Learning Express!” Lauren Derse said.

    Manager Tracy Kaufman and the existing staff will be staying on at Learning Express of Westborough.

    “Our customer service and selection will be better than ever,” Kaufman said. “We will be back in time to finish out a fun summer, and for kids to get their back-to-school goodies.”

    Customers are already looking forward to the re-opening.

    “I’m excited that the Learning Express is back in my community! It’s my go-to place where I can expect a friendly face, quality recommendations, and a wide variety of toys for all ages,” said Aimee Somelofske, a mom of two from Grafton.

    For updates, follow Learning Express of Westborough on Facebook.

    Store Information:

     Location: 50 E Main St #5, Westborough, MA 01581

    Phone: (508) 898-0076

    Website: https://learningexpress.com/stores/westborough

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/learningexpresswestborough

    About Learning Express Toys

    Learning Express Toys is the nation's leading franchisor of educational toy stores with more than 115 locations across the country - each one locally owned and operated. Providing an extraordinary shopping experience, Learning Express Toys is best known for its knowledgeable and playful sales staff and its unique product mix (birth – age 14). Believing that everyone who walks through the doors should be WOWED, Learning Express Toys focuses on the customer experience.

    A birthday gift registry, free gift wrapping, free personalization, civic fundraising and regularly scheduled children’s events contribute to the exceptional customer service and energetic atmosphere.

    To learn more about Learning Express Toys, franchise opportunities, or a store near you, visit learningexpress.com.

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    For more information, interview requests, and media inquiries, please contact Becki Harrington-Davis at becki@learningexpress.com or 978.889.1083.