Creative Kidstuff will close all six of its stores this summer, the Twin Cities-based toy retailer announced Wednesday. The 37 year old company plans to complete a liquidation process by June 30.
The shift to online and big-box retailers such as Amazon and Target may be partly the reason for the closure of the stores in the Twin Cities. That and the fact that children are likely to be into gaming, rather than physical play.
Government minimum wage requirements and rising health care costs had hurt the company’s bottom line.
Creative Kidstuff has stores in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, Edina and the Mall of America in Bloomington.