Day: August 21, 2012

224. Learning Express Toys Closing & Consolidation Sale

 Learning Express Toys just announced they’re closing their store at Barrington’s Ice House Mall and merging the Barrington inventory into their Lake Zurich store, where sales are going strong.  For those of us who love and shop at the Barrington location, the news is a big old bummer.  But I spoke with the owner today and the bright side is that there’s a giant toy consolidation sale at the Barrington store, starting this week.

When I found out the Barrington store is closing, I immediately pictured my kids in the store, pulling the pillow pets off the shelves as employees wrapped gifts selected for our latest birthday parties.  There’s no doubt that we’ll miss the convenience of shopping for toys at this location.  Learning Express Toys has been in the Ice House Mall since 2003.  There was another toy store in the space for the 14 years prior to that.
When I asked the owner, Rick Derr, why they made the decision to consolidate he said, simply……

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