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Mercer's Toys opening marks start of exciting day on Darwen St

7th April 2009

A new chapter in the history of Blackburn's famous retail name bagan on saturday as Mercer's Toys opened its doors for the first time.

The new shop replaced Mercer's on Northgate, Blackburn which is set to close before May 11.

The opening of the new shop brings the Mercer's name in full circle.

Mercer's toy shop, formerly known as the Doll's Hospital, was originally based on Darwen St before moving to Northgate and being taken over by Mercer & Sons Limited Ironmongers in 1993.

The toy shop returns to Darwen Street and is based at the junction with Jubilee Street in the building vacated by the Lighting Centre.

It is hoped the store will expand to incorporate cookware soon.

Rose Fowler, who helped develop and manage the toy department for Mercer's Ironmongers on Northgate, will run it.

She said "We're really excited about opening on Saturday. I'm really looking forward to it. We've already had a steady stream of people knocking on the door trying to get in so to finally be able to let them in and get going is brilliant."

"I wanted to maintain part of Blackburn's heritage by using the name of the original shop - Mercer's Toys"

"We've got a wide range of stock and i can't wait for people to come in and have a look around."

"We're confident the shop will be a success but we need local people to show their support. Support local business is vital."

Councillor Alan Cottam, executive member for regeneration and environment, said: "I'm delighted that a historic local name like Mercer's will continue to have a retail presence in the town centre."

The new shop will have its official launch on Saturday, April 25.

Jack Straw MP and the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Mohammed Khan, will be guest of honour. There will be entertainment and give-aways throughout the day.   

For more information on Mercer's Toy's click here

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