JACKSON TWP. – Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom found a larger home in the Belden Village shopping district.
The independent toy retailer plans to move its North Canton store to 4304 Belden Village St. NW. Space recently became free when Discount Outlet firm.
The new location makes Sir Troy’s the largest independent toy store in the country, said Heather Marks, vice president of the company.
Most independent toy stores average between 2,000 and 3,000 square feet, Marks said. Sir Troy’s already had the largest store title with a 13,000 square foot store in Solon, while the North Canton and Medina locations are 9,000 square feet.
The record will be broken this fall. Sir Troy’s has leased 30,000 square feet of space in Belden Square Plaza, which is owned by DeVille Developments.
“It’s going to be something special and we’re excited about it,” Marks said of the Belden Village location.
Sir Troy’s is known for offering a wide variety of “quality and imaginative” educational, creative toys, Marks said.
Its stores feature large Lego displays as well as a variety of other products. Troy Cefaratti organizes the toys sold in its stores, looking for specialty items and brands that other retailers don’t carry.
The unique offerings have made it a destination for shoppers, and that reputation should grow with the move to Belden Village, Marks said.
Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame Village development will attract more people to the area, likely for nighttime visits, she said. Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom hopes to build on the village’s effort.
“We look forward to being a destination,” Marks said.
The Sir Troy founder started out as a collector before turning his hobby into a business selling additional Lego pieces. Cefaratti found success when it began selling at the Hartville Marketplace.
This led to a store in Hartville, which moved to North Canton. He’s been at 1180 S. Main St. for about 10 years. He opened the Medina store in 2020 and the Solon store last year.
Remodeling still needs to be done before the Belden Village location is ready. Marks said it’s possible the store will open in late October, with a grand opening scheduled for November.
Until then, the North Canton store will remain fully stocked and open, Marks said.
Robert Brown, director of marketing at DeVille, said the toy store had entered into a long-term lease for the site, which was a Marc store before Discount Outlet opened.
Discount Outlet used 37,000 square feet on the plaza. The remaining space will be subdivided by DeVille and leased to other tenants, Brown said.
Akron Company Adds Wagoner Moving
A subsidiary of RLD Mobility Group has acquired Green-based Wagoner Moving Systems.
The deal combines two of the region’s interstate moving companies. Wagoner was acquired by RLD Relocation & Logistics, located at 2880 Gilchrist Road.
It is planned to keep Wagoner operating from its location at 3060 Brookline Road near Mayfair Road, while RLD operates from the southeast Akron location.
Wagoner began operations in 1978 and was affiliated with Atlas Van Lines. The company will now be an interstate agency for Wheaton Van Lines, the third largest household goods carrier in the United States.
John DiMariangeli, President of RLD, opened RLD Relocation & Logistics’ Akron operations in 2016. RLD is an interstate agent for Arpin Van Lines, which, along with Wheaton Van Lines, is a subsidiary of the Indianapolis-based Wheaton Group.
‘Mixer’ promotes airport program
Defining Enterprises, the first participant in the Akron-Canton Airport Business Catalyst Program, will celebrate its first anniversary Thursday night with a “blender” at the airport.
The Defining Essentials Automated Retail Machine Mixer is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors can view the machine, learn about the products available to travelers, and see the advertising options offered by the machines. The Akron-based company has two automated vending machines at the airport.
The Business Catalyst Program is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to start or expand their business and explore the possibility of becoming a permanent tenant at the airport.
Lower vehicle sales in the first half
Dealerships in northeast Ohio continue to see vehicle sales decline, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association reported.
Low inventory due to microchip shortages and other supply chain issues are cited as key factors in the decline, association president Louis A. Vitantonio said in a news release.
In the first six months, dealers in the 21 counties — including Stark County — covered by the association reported selling 100,188 new vehicles, down 25% from the 133,519 sold in the first half of 2021. Sales in June fell 30.2%, with 16,766 vehicles sold compared to 24,038 sold the previous year.
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