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Windmill Educational Toys and Equipment to close Norwood branch unless someone buys it
It’s game over for a toy store that has served Adelaide’s east for 35 years — unless it finds a new buyer before Christmas.
A long-standing Adelaide toy shop is on the brink of closure after 35 years in business.
Windmill Educational Toys and Equipment at Norwood has announced with “much regret” it will close its doors at Christmas unless it can find a buyer.
The company, which started in Melbourne in 1977, opened The Parade shop in 1984.
Windmill owners Annabel and Roger Richards are retiring but their daughter has taken over the Melbourne shop.
“It’s been a marvellous business for that length of time,” Mr Richards, 79, said of the Norwood outlet’s 35 years of trade.
“There’s an enormous opportunity there for somebody who has got some passion and who knows the industry.”
He said the sale deal would be on a “walk-in, walk-out” basis, including all stock.
The shop employs four staff, including manager Therese Kennedy, who has been working for Windmill since 2013.
She said the shop had loyal customers representing different generations of the same family.
If Windmill closes the only toy shop left on The Parade would be Kidstuff.
Bethany-Kate, 5, on a slippery slide with Winnie the Pooh at the Windmill toy shop in 1986.