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BOBBY in the Limelight

Markham, Ontario. Dec 20, 2017 – Bobby’s Liquidation Outlet has taken fun for kids to a new level – literally.

The mega discount center, which opened the doors of its main floor last month to large crowds of shoppers looking for bargains, today announced the official opening of its second floor – with a large section geared towards kids’ activities and entertainment alongside blowout deals on toys. In celebration of the opening, Bobby’s is offering shoppers 20 per cent off its already steeply reduced prices on all toys in store.

Unlike traditional toy stores, kids can test drive many of the toys available for sale in a designated play area before purchase. Among the other bargains to be had are a wide range of brand name items from toy giant Spin Master – including ZhuZhu pets hamsters and hamster balls, remote-controlled Batmobiles and 360 Hoverblades – at reduced prices. Parkdale Novelty plush toys of all kinds and sizes are also being sold at blow-out prices of up to 60 per cent.

Other deals include smart scooters starting from $120, 18-piece drum sets for $19.99, metal basketball stands with hoop for $47.99, mini hockey tables for $41.99 and PBS Kids brand wooden puzzles for $15.99.

Located at 2900 Steeles Avenue at Highway 404 in Markham, Bobby’s Liquidation Outlet has dedicated one third of its 75,000-square foot upstairs space to the kids-designated area. In time for the Holidays, Bobby’s play area is offering a wide range of free entertainment for kids and parents alike, including professional balloon animal- making and face painting.

Free craft activities for kids to enjoy with their parents are also available in the play space, which features mini picnic tables filled with supplies. Topping the list of craft projects is T-shirt colouring and decorating, with white T-shirts provided free of charge to each parent-child team. Participants will also be given free iron-ons and sew-ons to decorate the shirts, as well as free highly-reflective fluorescent orange and green safety bands and belts to apply to kids’ outwear. These bands can save a child’s life.

Bobby’s Liquidation Outlet – a total 150,000-square-foot, two-story mega liquidation centre where a Sears store once stood – features goods from former Sears Canada suppliers who are selling their orphaned Sears inventory direct to the public at deeply discounted prices.

The outlet – which has also hired many former Sears employees – sells merchandise in every category that Sears once sold, from clothing, accessories, leather goods and jewelry to toys, bath, bedding, kitchenware and home decor items, with the exception of appliances. Several non-Sears suppliers have also come on board, offering end of lines, overstocks and discontinued brand name clothing. Newly-arrived designer brands being sold include Bianca Nygard, Isaac Mizrahi, Tracy Moore and Bellina.

Current blow-out sales include high-quality T-shirts for $2 each, as well as a wide range of licensed sports apparel and accessories at unprecedented prices. Examples include Nike hockey jerseys for $15 (regularly $169), Adidas hooded sweatshirts for $15 (regularly $110), licensed NHL sports teams jerseys for $15, licensed NHL-themed crib sheet, comforter and bumper pad sets for $15 (regularly $79.99), licensed sports team hats starting at $3.99, and moveable figurines of popular hockey players for $5 (regularly $30).

The outlet is named after Bobby Starr, the brother of one of the outlet’s suppliers, who has developmental disabilities. In honour of Bobby, a portion of the outlet’s profits will be donated to organizations that provide support and programs for people with special needs, including Thornhill-based DANI, Yachad and Reena, of which Bob is an active client, and Markham-based Spirit of Life, which assists those with developmental disabilities in the Chinese community. Bobby’s Liquidation Outlet also provides space free of charge for programs for those with developmental disabilities, giving them opportunities to work in the store as well.

“The public response to the opening of Bobby’s Liquidation Outlet has been phenomenal – from the quality products we sell at great prices to the opportunities we’re providing to people with developmental disabilities,” said Store Manager Tyler Bonham, who was previously employed by Sears in the same location. “We’re thrilled to open the second floor, tailored to the needs of children and their parents and adding additional value to our customers, and we look forward to helping families create special, affordable memories within our store.”

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