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

    Westborough MA Learing Express

    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.

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

    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 including financial strength and stability, growth rate, and brand power.

    “We are proud to achieve this ranking, reflecting our continuing success and proven model after 30 years of business,” said Sharon DiMinico, founder and CEO of Learning Express Toys. “As the world of retail evolves, we empower our franchisees to create an unforgettable in-store experience for families.”

    “We spend months gathering and crunching data in order to produce the Franchise 500 ranking. We’re proud of the result and the way it continues to be a resource for the franchise community,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “Like every industry, franchising is ever-evolving and must smartly react to new technologies and consumer demands. We know it takes a lot to stay competitive, and are excited to celebrate those that do it best.”

    “In order to reflect the evolving business world at large, we at Entrepreneur continue to evolve our annual ranking, too,” says Ryan Shea, president of Entrepreneur.  “We’ve developed new ways to measure and analyze our collected data as new critical data points come into play. We take into account pertinent factors such as social media presence and financing availability, which have become increasingly important in today’s economy. The result is a more complete and relevant Franchise 500® that can serve as a valuable resource for our readers.”

    The key factors that go into Entrepreneur’s evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.

    Over its 38 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for entrepreneurs. Learning Express Toys’ position on the ranking reinforces its strength in the industry.

    To view Learning Express Toys in the full ranking, visit www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

    For information about franchise opportunities, visit learningexpress.com/franchise.

     

  • Learning Express Toys Hosts Grand Opening in Frisco, TX

     Learning Express FriscoFrisco, TX, March 14, 2017Join 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 continue through Saturday with face painting, snow cones and a surprise guest princess, and end Sunday with a balloon artist and an Easter Bunny appearance.

     

    New store owners Thomas and Sonnie Stanford, who live 10 minutes from the store and have an 8-year-old daughter at a local elementary school, are excited to share their love of family and play with their community.

     

    “We want to add value to our community through a toy store that focuses on educating and developing everyone through various forms of play,” the Stanfords said. “This new venture allows us to provide a quality service to our community through direct interactions.”

     

    Thomas, a U.S. Marines veteran, comes from a background of business consulting and program management, while Sonnie has 20 years of experience in human resource management.

     

    The store is located in the heart of Frisco at 3245 Main Street, Ste. 273 and will be open Monday through Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m.-8pm, and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

     

    Leading up to the grand opening celebration, on Thursday, March 23 from 4-7 p.m., 10 percent of proceeds will go toward the Frisco Family YMCA when you mention the fundraiser. A 25 percent discount off any one item will be offered at the store Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26.

     

    Throughout the weekend, visitors may enter their names to win gift baskets. Winners will be drawn on Monday, March 27.

     

    For a complete event schedule, visit the store’s Facebook page at facebook.com/learningexpressfrisco/events.

    About Learning Express Toys

    Learning Express Toys is the nation's leading franchisor of educational toy stores with more than 125 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 the store at friscotx@learningexpress.com or 469-579-4975.

  • Learning Express Toys of Bedford, MA Hosts Giving Tree

     

    Learning Express Bedford Staff The staff of Learning Express Toys of Bedford poses for a holiday photo.

    Bedford, MA, Dec. 8, 2016The owners and staff of Learning Express Toys of Bedford invite customers to join them in donating toys to children in need this holiday season through the Department of Children and Families in the Lowell area.

     

    The Giving Tree program brings holiday gifts to local underprivileged children receiving services from the Department of Children and Families.

     

    Customers can choose a gift tag from the Christmas tree at Learning Express Toys with a child’s name and age, and staff members will help them choose an age-appropriate gift. Learning Express Toys of Bedford is offering 10% off all donations for the Giving Tree.

     

    Store owner Lauren Derse believes in the importance of giving back to the community and families in the local area.

     

    “We see every day how delighted kids are when they pick out a new toy at our store. We want to bring that same joy to children going through a difficult time this holiday season,” Derse said.

     

    The store will be collecting donations through Monday, Dec. 19.

     

    To participate, please visit Learning Express Toys of Bedford at Bedford Marketplace, 168 Great Road, Bedford. For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LEbedfordma or call (781) 243-8697.

     

    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 best known for its knowledgeable and playful sales staff and its unique product mix. Believing that everyone who walks through the doors should be WOWED, Learning Express Toys focuses on the customer experience.

    Birthday gift registries, 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 978-889-1083 or becki@learningexpress.com.

     

  • Learning Express Toys of Denville and Morristown Host Toy Drive for Jersey Battered Women’s Service

    Denville, N.J., Nov. 11, 2016Learning Express Toys of Denville and Morristown are raising money to donate toys to the Jersey Battered Women’s Service Holiday Project from Saturday, Nov. 12 through Saturday, Dec. 3.

     

    The fundraiser will launch on Neighborhood Toy Store Day, a day of in-store festivities and toy demonstrations Nov. 12.

     

    Customers can donate any amount at the registers and Learning Express Toys will match 100% of the donations. The funds will be used to donate new and trending toys from the Holiday Project’s wish list to local children in need.

     

    Store owners Diane and Dick Bowser along with their daughter Amanda see the importance of connecting with the community and families in their local area.

     

    “We see every day how delighted kids are when they pick out a new toy at our store. We want to bring that same joy to children going through a difficult time this holiday season,” Bowser said.

     

    To donate, please visit Learning Express Toys of Morristown at 158 South Street, Morristown, or Learning Express Toys of Denville at 3056 Route 10 West, Denville. For more information, visit the stores’ Facebook pages at facebook.com/The-Learning-Express-Denville-99629743474 or facebook.com/learningexpresstoysofmorristown.

    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 best known for its knowledgeable and playful sales staff and its unique product mix. Believing that everyone who walks through the doors should be WOWED, Learning Express Toys focuses on the customer experience.

    Birthday gift registries, 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.

    About JBWS

    JBWS is a Morris County-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is the prevention of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can call the JBWS confidential helpline at 1-877-RU-ABUSED, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. For more information about Jersey Battered Women’s Service, visit www.jbws.org.

     

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    For more information, interview requests, and media inquiries, please contact Becki Harrington-Davis at 978-889-1083 or becki@learningexpress.com.

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