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HappyStudent Thu 10-Jan-19 21:29:39

Hi everyone/anyone, I really sorry to bother but I am just a student asking a question for my small research I am doing about the Entertainer toy shop which I'am sure you have all heard of.

My question is: Did you know that The Entertainer toy shop follows strict Christian values?
If so, do you think their values are outdated on the high street?

Any answer would be greatly appreciated and confidentiality is guaranteed. No usernames will be referred to for confidentiality reasons, just the answers smile

Thankyou, and I hope everybody is having a lovely day smile

TeacupDrama Thu 10-Jan-19 21:57:05

yes they never open on sundays even in 2017 when Sunday was Christmas eve /www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/22/the-entertainer-tough-year-ruin-toy-chains-christmas-gary-grant
they shut on Sundays but they are still operating unlike Toys'r'us which closed
also they don't sell toys to do with the occult and I don't think they do gruesome halloween stuff
There is nothing religious in the actual shop they just live by their principles not forcing them on others

mammmamia Thu 10-Jan-19 21:57:12

I didn’t know this and I am really surprised.

I think it’s commendable but frankly in this retail environment where most high street stores are on their knees it’s more irresponsible to lose out on Sunday trade and risk their employees’ jobs if they have to close down, than it is to try and give them some family time on Sundays.

Have you seen the news today regarding trading figures for John Lewis and Debenhams? More retailers will be forced to close down or at least close stores this year.

Our local Entertainer store closed down just before Christmas confused

EekThreek Thu 10-Jan-19 21:58:09

I knew they have Christian values and I think it's fab that they close Sundays. Even in 2017 when Christmas eve fell on a Sunday, they weren't open. I thought that was really brave of them to stick to their values and I try and shop there when I can because of it.
Also helps that you can normally find a bargain as well, and they don't put their prices up for being on the high street where their rates are higher.
I have a lot of respect for them, until I get into the pink corner and my eyes bleed. If they could just move on from that, I'd be even happier!

GrumpyGoose Thu 10-Jan-19 21:59:19

I guessed so from a banner at Christmas reminding customers of the real reason we celebrate Christmas. I think it's outdated in relation to other stores and their operating policy but I don't necessarily think it's a negative thing.

grafittiartist Thu 10-Jan-19 22:01:20

I think it's quite forward thinking really. There needs to be a move toward valuing time and family over profits.
Our branch is so friendly, and actually encourage children- there's a little step at the till so thatt they can pay, and the staff all play with the toys so that you can see them properly. A proper toy shop.

Jfw82 Thu 10-Jan-19 22:01:27

Yes I've known for a few years they don't open Sundays and why. I think it's great they stick to their values and often wish less was open Sunday. Also as they're open online whenever if I needed to shop with them o guess I still could

scrivette Thu 10-Jan-19 22:25:15

I knew they didn't open on Sunday's and the sign in the store said it was so their staff can spend time with their family's. I hadn't realised it was a Christian run store.

It certainly doesn't put me off, I think it's great that they do this. It must cost them a fortune as at my local Shopping Centre they have to pay a fine if they don't open every day of the week.

If I need to buy toys it's always the first place that I visit and I have recommended it plenty of times.

The staff in the stores are always very helpful and friendly and I wonder if it's because they feel appreciated and they 'pass it on' to their customers.

Papergirl1968 Wed 27-Feb-19 08:36:31

I didn't know it had a Christian ethos, and I also didn't know our local branch didn't open on Sundays as it's in a big shopping centre which is open seven days a week. I don't usually go on Sundays (not for religious reasons) so hadn't noticed.
Good on them though. I'm not so bothered about Sundays but I do wish shops wouldn't open on Boxing Day so staff can have a proper break.

RockinHippy Wed 27-Feb-19 10:27:12

I didn't know that it worked by Christian values, ours certainly doesn't as it is open on Sundays along with the rest of the shopping centre it is in.

Does that bother me🤔 it really depends. Religious values are too often used as an excuse for blatant bigotry & that would pee me off big time. However I'm not sure how that would be obvious in a toy shop, so presumably isn't happening. I'll be watching with interest for lesbian Barbie & gay Ken though, if they ever materialise, I would be very unimpressed if they weren't stocked by The Entertainer on religious grounds

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