Burton toy store moves as owner mourns mother’s death


A Burton toy store that has been part of town for 19 years is moving to a new home.

Midco Toymaster is moving from its High Street base to a new, larger store in the city’s The Octagon Mall and it is hoped that the new premises will be ready to open when non-essential stores can reopen on April 12.

The store started on New Street 19 years ago before moving to larger premises in High Street where it has been for 10 years and now it is moving again to a larger store.

Obtaining the keys was a bittersweet moment for owner David Middleton as he picked them up the same day his beloved mother Carol passed away, who had supported the store every step of the way.

The 40-year-old said: “It was a bittersweet day. Mum was a big part of the business as she worked with me. She was the one who helped and encouraged me in everything. that I was doing.

“She was the one who found the original store in New Street and she worked there with me.

“She was a great character with all the staff and people will have seen her there. It’s sad it took so long to get this sorted out and it was mom who listened to me about it. .

“On Monday or Tuesday, she would only say that we needed more stock for the store.

“We’re going to do our best and try to make her proud.”

Carol died in the early hours of Wednesday morning and the keys were collected the same day. How she died is not yet known, although it is believed to be a heart attack.

The new Midco Toys will be based in the old Evans store between HMV and Poundland and one of the reasons it was decided the time to move was due to construction taking place on the High Street.

Plans for the road will mean that there will be no vehicles during working hours, so the store will not be able to have a delivery as its access is only available through the front door.

The Burton store also houses the Derby store stock and that meant the store could not trade.

Mr Middleton said: “The move has been going on for some time.

“The new store will be pretty much the same, but better. It will be brighter, bigger and a little better. We will have new signage and new graphics for the windows.

“The stock will be similar but there will be more. It’s been 19 years so we don’t want to change it too much because we’re still here.

“We’ve had good reactions to the move on Facebook so far.”



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