The Toy House and Baby Too, a Jackson landmark and tradition for 67 years, announced this morning the store will close following the Christmas season.
In a message to customers, Toy House President Phil Wrzesinski said, “With great sadness, we are announcing it is time for Toy House to close. They say all good things eventually come to an end. After experiencing how the toy industry, the local economy and the competition have changed in recent years, we are closing our doors for good, ending 67 years of being an important part of the Jackson community.”
The letter continues, “With our sadness comes a heartfelt Thank You! Thank you for the support you have given us since 1949, and thank you for believing in us and being a part of our lives. Just as important, thank you for letting us be a part of your lives as you celebrated new births, happy birthdays and so many holidays. These are the memories we will cherish forever. ”
The store announced this coming Friday will be their last Black Friday. The Going-Out-of-Business Sale will begin then and continue until all their inventory is gone. Gift wrapping will continue until all of the paper is gone.
Wrzesinski closed the letter with, “This is a hard time for all of us, especially our staff and their families, but we want you to know we will always be grateful for the time we spent serving you and your family and the smiles we shared.”
The letter to customers and friends was signed, “The Wrzesinki and Conley Families”
On May 23, 1949, Phil Conley and his wife Esther (Phil’s grandparents) turned a house on First Street into The Toy House. Over the years, the store grew and expanded. In 1967, the Conleys built a new 20,000 square foot building on Mechanic Street and relocated the Toy House and Baby Too to the new location. The Toy House and Baby Too was billed as the nation’s largest independent specialty toy retailer.
In the announcement, days and hours posted run through December 24th, 2016.