Caballs Toymaster to close as owner takes retirement

The store has served Tralee locals for 99 years, but will close its doors for the final time this weekend as third-generation owner Anne Laide retires

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 28.06.2019 | Retail

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The owner of Caballs Toymaster is retiring and closing down the historic toy shop that has been in her family for three generations.

Ann Laide will turn out the lights for the final time at Caballs Toymaster, which has served locals of Tralee in County Kerry, Ireland for the past 99 years.

The shop was originally opened under the banner A. Caball & Sons in 1920 by her grandparents Mary and Arthur Caball, who made a living selling a mixture of sports and hardware goods to prams and other nursery essentials. It was also a local bicycle specialist, as shown in a print ad from the early 1900s with the slogan ‘walk in please – ride out pleased’.

Today the shop sells both toys and books as the joint Caballs Toymaster and Kerry Bookshop.

An 83-year-old photo of the store shows the same Caball sign that survives to this day

Upon announcing her retirement and the subsequent closure of Caballs, locals young and old flooded the store’s Facebook page to share well wishes and heartwarming tales of visiting them over the years.

“Happy childhood memories of this wonderful Shop,” said one local, while another reminisced it was “lovely to remember the old days” and the cheerful staff who have long since retired.

Reaching out to the local community, the Caballs Toymaster team wrote: “We have had the most loyal customers, dedicated staff and great neighbours on Bridge Street over the years. The kind words here from our friends on Facebook and from those of you who have come into the shop in recent weeks, have touched our hearts. Quite simply, thank you for everything.”

Caballs Toymaster will close its doors this weekend and no longer operate as of 1 July.

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