Toys R Us plans to open a store in the Oxford mall by the end of September, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
The Toys R Us press office confirmed the move in a Friday e-mail to The Star.
The number of jobs the store is expected to generate was not available by deadline.
Park Grimmer, whose family owns most of Quintard Mall, said he recently signed a lease agreement with the toy company.
“It will open in the old Sound Shop,” Grimmer said, referring to a music store that closed early this year. It was located near Dillard’s.
The Toys R Us will fill up the Sound Shop’s entire slot, about 4,854 square feet.
The mall has been without a toy store since the KB Toys corporation went bankrupt and closed all its stores in 2008.
Grimmer said it was important to have a variety of stores in the mall.
“We’re more interested in a mix of tenants,” he said. “They can help each other out.”
While the store will offer many typical Toys R Us products, it will not be like the company’s more traditional stand-alone establishments.
Toys R Us spokeswoman Jennifer Albano said the store in the mall will be designated an express store and as such will likely not be open year-round.
“Most of these locations, including the one at Quintard Mall, are expected to remain open through the holiday shopping season,” Albano said in an e-mail.
In 2009, Toys R Us opened approximately 90 express stores in malls and other shopping centers across the country to take advantage of seasonal foot traffic in busy shopping destinations.
“As opportune space has become available this year, we have opened in some additional locations,” Albano said.
The express stores, which are all approximately 4,000 square feet, are designed to cater to typical holiday shoppers but also last-minute shoppers, she said.
Contact staff writer Patrick McCreless at 256-235-3561.