I am doing a lot of reading and listening so that I can keep up with which major bricks and mortar chains are actively expanding or planning to expand their toy departments. Below is list of chains, in alphabetical order with headquarter locations and store counts, that I have that have are on my list. They constitute 24,879 expanded departments.
|Ace Hardware||Oakbrook, IL||5000|
|Barnes & Noble||New York, NY||620|
|Buy Buy Baby||Union, NJ||135|
|Dillard's||Little Rock, AR||292|
|Five Below||Philadelphia, PA||630|
|Hobby Town||Lincoln, NE||147|
|J.C. Penney||Plano, TX||860|
|Kmart||Hoffman Estates, IL||365|
|Kohl's||Menominee Falls, WI||1158|
|Sears||Hoffman Estates, IL||529|
A comment on geography:
Looking at the headquarters locations, it appears that those who cover the Midwest (Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois,and Minnesota) and those who cover the Northeast (New York New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and the Texas / Arkansas area will particularly benefit.
If you know of any other chains engaged in expanding their toy departments please let me know so I can add them.