Smyths

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Smyths Toys Superstores
Private
IndustryRetail
Founded23 December 1986; 32 years ago (1986-12-23)
Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland
Founders
  • Tony Smyth
  • Padraig Smyth
  • Liam Smyth
  • Thomas "Tommy" Smyth
Headquarters,
Ireland
Number of locations
110+ stores
Area served
ProductsToys
OwnerSmyth family[1]
Websitesmythstoys.com

Smyths Toys Superstores is an Irish multinational chain provider of children's toys and entertainment products with over 110 shops throughout Ireland and the UK, which is owned by the Smyth family.

The company is headquartered in Lyrr Building 1 in the Mervue Business Park, Galway, Ireland, and it has additional offices in Belfast and London.[2]

History[edit]

The company is run by four brothers, Tony, Padraig, Liam and Thomas Smyth. The company was founded in Claremorris, County Mayo on 23 December 1986 (1986-12-23).[3] Smyths is Ireland's largest toy retailer.[4] The Globe Retail Park in Naas, Ireland was subject to a fire on 27 July 2016 that destroyed one of the shop's stockrooms, causing the shop to temporarily close, with operations being moved until repairs could be made.[5][6]

Stores and subsidiaries[edit]

In total, Smyths operates over 110 shops: 21 shops in Ireland, 7 in Northern Ireland and 83 in Great Britain.[7] Smyths Toys UK Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the company.[8][9]

Expansion to Central Europe[edit]

On 24 April 2018, Smyths acquired Toys "R" Us stores in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.The shops in Germany now have the trade name Smyths instead of Toys R Us.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the Smyths, the Mayo family turning toy retailing into child's play".
  2. ^ "About Us." Smyths. Retrieved on 23 April 2018. "Correspondence for all Smyths Toys companies: Lyrr Building 1, Mervue Business Park, Galway, Ireland"
  3. ^ "Smyths Toys Unlimited Company | Irish Legal & Business Services Company & Director Check". www.solocheck.ie. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Toy mega store for Rayleigh Weir", Essex Echo, 13 September 2008
  5. ^ "Smyths toy store evacuated after blaze - Independent.ie".
  6. ^ POWNALL, SYLVIA (25 August 2016). "Shoppers queue outside Irish toy store from 1am for these MASSIVE bargains".
  7. ^ "Smyths Toys sees UK profits soar 70pc - Independent.ie".
  8. ^ https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/smyths-toys-uk-sales-top-halfbillion-mark-for-first-time-37322480.html
  9. ^ https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/06051517
  10. ^ "Smyths Toys to buy Toys R Us in Germany, Austria and Switzerland". Irish Times. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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