On Wednesday, State College’s downtown store, Growing Tree Toys, announced a merger with The Animal Kingdom Children’s Store, whose lease ends and will not be renewed in June 2022, according to a statement.
The Animal Kingdom will move into Growing Tree Toys’ current location at 202 S Allen Street and will still be represented in signage and merchandise.
The current shared website will remain the same.
The Animal Kingdom, currently located at 103 S Allen Street, changed its hours Monday for the physical store — which will now be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the release.
Online orders and pickups will still be available seven days a week.
Owner Lindsay Williamson is “looking forward” to facilitating the merger and said the new combined business “will be focused on delivering the best products, in-store experience and customer service,” according to the statement.
Growing Tree Toys store manager Jennifer Heller said “the product selection will be the best of the best,” according to the statement.
The store will sell “specialty toys, books and gifts”.
Masks are required to shop at both stores.
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