Local toy shop wins national award alongside household names

The Trading Post in Kingsbridge has won a Retailer of the Year Award from the Toy and Hobby Association. 

Owner Julia Wingate outside The Trading Post

The Trading Post, owned by Julia Wingate and located on Fore Street, has won the award for "going above and beyond normal service during 2020". They won the award alongside some very famous names including The Entertainer and Smyths Toys. 

Julia said she was "ecstatic and honoured" to have won and plans to open a bottle of bubbles once the trophy arrives and it "feels more real". When it arrives, the trophy will be shown off in pride of place in the shop window. 

She said: "I need to thank all my staff because its not just me, and thank you to the community for shopping with us and supporting all the independent businesses in Kingsbridge because without you we wouldn't be here. 

thank you to the community for shopping with us and supporting all the independent businesses in Kingsbridge because without you we wouldn't be here

"We also wouldn't be a success without the other businesses in the town. We are lucky that in Kingsbridge we are a vibrant high street with amazing independent shops that help each other and support each other. We can't be a great toy shop in the middle of nowhere."

We are lucky that in Kingsbridge we are a vibrant high street with amazing independent shops that help each other and support each other

The British Toy and Hobby Association said: "These retailers all displayed great community spirit in various ways such as by partnering with other local businesses and providing toys and packages to local food banks and those in need during the pandemic, as well as providing free resources online."

The Trading Post is open Monday to Friday between 12-2pm and Saturday 9-11am for bike repairs and servicing and click and collect orders. Find out what is on offer to chase away the January blues on their website, Facebook page or Instagram

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