Independent toy shop Wise Owl Toys is to close its doors after trading for more than 20 years.
Owners Mark and Heather Stewart said on Facebook that they have “mixed emotions” about the closure, but have decided now is the right time to semi-retire.
The toy shop will close down at the end of April, though the couple will continue to run Left n Write, an online business for left-handed goods and training.
“We have had a fantastic time over the past 20+ years in our toy shop, and have been greatly blessed with super customers, wonderful colleagues, supportive suppliers and their friendly reps,” the owners said in a Facebook post.
“Thank you all so much for all your support and business throughout the years as, without you, we wouldn’t have survived twenty years on Worcester High Street!”
The store will continue to trade as usual for the next three months, culminating in a closing down sale to sell final stock
The announcement was met with well wishes from locals and customers.
One said: “We have lots of happy memories of visiting your shop and playing with the fantastic games and toys we bought from you.”
A long-time customer reminisced about visiting the shop when her children were young and has since passed down the same toys to her grandchildren, while another local praised Mark and Heather for their help and cheerful manner: “Your stock has always been so well considered. We've had some wonderful things. But the main reason for shopping with you has always been, you.”
“We didn’t want to suddenly shut down (too great a shock for all of us!) which is why we are announcing this now,” the owners said. “We do hope that you will drop in and see us before we close.”