Mrs. Tiggy Winkles to close all locations after four decades in the Ottawa toy business



The Westboro location of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s posted a Facebook notice to announce that it would be closing.


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Beloved local toy shop Mrs. Tiggy Winkles announced plans Wednesday to close its last Ottawa store after more than 40 years in business.

Earlier this month, it told customers that its Westboro Village location would close on Feb. 29. Then on Wednesday, “after much consideration and with heavy hearts,” the business posted to Facebook that it will shutter its remaining location and flagship store on Bank Street in the Glebe next month.

No reason was given for the decision.

Mrs. Tiggy Winkles debuted in the Glebe in 1977, expanding its reputation and local footprint in the years that followed. At one point, it had stores in the Rideau, Bayshore and Orléans shopping centres, as well as on Bank Street and Richmond Road.

“Our family has worked hard to provide three generations of customers with the best possible shopping experience,” said the business in its Facebook post. “Our hearts are filled with gratitude. Thank you Ottawa for your support.”

For its final weeks on Bank Street, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles said it plans to erect a memory wall where customers can write farewell messages and check out pictures of the store from years past.

The announcement concluded with a quote, attributed to children’s author Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

 

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