Toys “R” Us Opening Express Store On 1st Ave South This Saturday

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by Ralph Nichols

Tired of navigating traffic on Southcenter Parkway as you drive to shop for holiday gifts at Toys “R” Us® in Tukwila?

Of course you are.

But now there’s good news for Highline residents who plan on going to this popular specialty store for just the right toys for kids and grandkids, nieces and nephews this holiday season.

A 5,000 square foot Toys “R” Us Express store will open this Saturday, Sept. 18th, at 14200 1st Ave. S., Suite A, just north of the Fred Meyer parking lot and opposite the Jack in the Box drive through.

Burien Economic Development Manager Dick Loman said company officials will review their sales activity in early January “and will make a final decision as to whether to continue operations” locally.

“We’re very pleased that the Toys “R” Us people have decided to open a store here in Burien on a trial basis,” Loman told The B-Town Blog on Sept. 15.

“They’re a very strong retailer and I’m very confident that their sales here this holiday season will encourage them to remain on a permanent basis.”

He added that the addition of the toy outlet and the recent re-opening of Burien Nissan should boost a slow “upward trend” in city sales tax revenues during the fourth quarter this year.

The national retailer will operate approximately 600 Toys “R” Us Express stores in malls and shopping centers during the 2010 holiday season, in addition to its 587 full-size Toys “R” Us stores in the United States.

“By doubling the number of Toys “R” Us locations nationwide, now more than ever we will be available when and where customers want to shop with us this holiday season,” Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, said in a news release.

Last year, the company opened about 90 Toys “R” Us Express stores including one in Federal Way – its first express store venture – many of which have remained open.

The company has announced that, “similar to last year [it] will look for opportunities to keep select stores open following the holiday season.”

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