Is Toys R Us UK reopening? Everything you need to know and the full list of new stores

Toys R Us is reopening in the UK, and many want to know what's happened to the famous jingle...

Toys R Us is reopening
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Toys R Us is reopening on the UK high street. And while parents are branding its return a 'Christmas miracle', some are wondering what's been done to the famous jingle.

If you're looking for somewhere to buy the best toys for your kids - be it Frozen toys or bath toys - you'll now be able to revisit iconic toy shop Toys R Us for all your purchasing needs,

For most 80s or 90s children, Toys R Us was the equivalent of today's Amazon - it's where you did your school friends' birthday party shopping and compiled your Christmas wish list after seeing all the toys stacked from floor to ceiling on the shelves.

And who can forget that in the run-up to Christmas, its TV advert would return with its magical jingle that gave you just as much goosebumps and excitement as the Coca-Cola truck.

In 2018, the popular toy store chain into administration and was forced to close all of its 100 UK stores, but after teasing a return online last September with a relaunched Toys R Us website, it's back in the physical form too.

Is Toys R Us UK reopening? 

Yes, Toys R Us is reopening in the UK. In June 2023 it was announced that Toys R Us will open nine stores within WHSmith branches across the UK.

Simon Cartey, UK commercial director at Toys R Us, said, "Our new Toys R Us shop-in-shops at WHSmith create the perfect home for Toys R Us as it returns to the UK high street shopping scene.

"With this collaboration, we are not only bringing back the beloved Toys R Us experience but also providing convenient access to a wide range of toys and games.

"Together, we hope to create a magical and joyful shopping destination for families across the country."

The inside of a Toys R Us shop

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Meanwhile, WHSmith High Street managing director Sean Toal said, "At WHSmith, we’re always exploring new opportunities to launch exciting, new product ranges to our customers on the high street, and our partnership with Toys R Us certainly does this!

"The brand has long been known for its exceptional range of toys and games and complements our existing offer well.

He added, "Across each of the nine locations, we have a great team of colleagues who look forward to welcoming many new and existing customers over the coming weeks and showcasing the new store layout."

Where is Toys R Us reopening in the UK?

  • WH Smith Monks Cross Retail Park in York
  • Canterbury  (St George Street)
  • Chelmsford (High Street)
  • Cheltenham  (High Street)
  • Cwmbran (The Mall)
  • Oxford (Cornmarket Street)
  • Poole (Towngate Shopping Centre)
  • Reading  (Broad Street)
  • Solihull (Mell Square)

What has happened to the Toys R Us jingle?

With the Toys R Us reopenings comes a new jingle - and dance - and there are mixed feelings about it online.

One fan wrote, "You guys had the perfect iconic and timeless theme song that resonated with us kids and now us kids are parents it’d continue to resonate, seems silly not to use it…"

But another disagreed, commenting, "This is amazing!" after watching the new jingle, to which a third fan noted, "Good song, although it's sad to see you have to say "lots of games" instead of video games. If you come back with a store we were always used to, please sell video games."

And if you've not seen the new song, check it out below...

The official Toys ‘R’ Us UK I’m A Toys ‘R’ Us Kid song, features the one and only Geoffrey the Giraffe and the video features singer Tom Seals and his band, filmed at Area 88 in Milton Keynes.

But aside from the song choice, fans are delighted with the shop reopening. One fan wrote, "TOYS R US IS BACK!! I’m so happy my entire childhood was in these stores". Family Editor, Stephanie Lowe, said, "It's a Christmas miracle. Toys R US was AMAZING wasn't it... not to mention the jingle... all together now? "IT'S CALLED TOYS R US, TOYS R US, TOYS R US..."

But after hearing the new jingle, Steph said, "Oh... oh no, no, no - it has Butlins vibes!" But thankfully - for the sake of parent's bank balances everywhere - the stores are opening in WH Smiths and not in the popular family holiday resort.

Toys R Us first opened in the UK back in 1985 and at its peak, it had 105 stores across the country. But the American toy, clothing and baby product retailer dates back to 1948, with its HQ located in New Jersey.

The new openings will feature a life-sized Geoffrey the Giraffe sculpture and will sell toy brands including Barbie, Fisher Price, Lego, Marvel, and Peppa Pig to name but a few.

For those who want to relive their childhood magic, you can watch a clip of the original TV advert with theme tune below.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)