Hawkins Bazaar is an England-based novelty toy and gift shopping chain whose headquarters is situated at Yare House, in the city of Norwich, United Kingdom. Hawkins Bazaar is a retailing industry which is a subsidiary of Tobar group. The Hawkins Bazaar gift shops are spread across in 41 different locations in the UK. They offer a broad range of selection in toys, gadgets, and gifts to choose from. Their unusual and out of the ordinary range of toys and gifting accessories appeals to people of all ages.
It started off as a local toy shop under the name of Hawk Inn, from where it got the name Hawkins. In the year 1973, Hawkins became a mail order company, and since then, the company has become a supplier of products like toys and gifts. Between 2007 and 2012, the company carried out its activities in Beccles town from The Old Aerodrome in Worlingham. That is where the corporation’s head office and warehouse were located. The two properties were then separated with the warehouse being shifted to Eye, Suffolk while its headquarters being shifted to Norwich. As of 2017, the contacting address of the company is Hawkins Bazaar, 62-64 Yare House, Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1RY.
In 2013, the company celebrated its 40th anniversary. Even after going through numerous changes in its style of business, Hawkins Bazaar still prefers to stick to their old values by keeping taglines like “Unusual gifts for every occasion, since 1973” as well as their “Suppliers to Father for Christmas since 1973”. Using these taglines, Hawkins Bazaar still decorates all their email orders.
Apart from selling its products through high street shops and providing mail order catalogues, Hawkins Bazaar continues to operate its activities through online platforms as well. In August 2012, the company updated and relaunched its website to boost its online activities.
In January 2012, Primary Capital from administration bought the Tobar group (along with Hawkins Bazaar) through a management buy-out. After the buy-out, the company still continued its trading activities in 2012 and ended up opening numerous additional stores until the end of the year. Some of those stores were opened up at previous sites as well. Until December 2012, the company had opened up 27 stores across the United Kingdom. And it was during the year 2012 itself when the Tobar group achieved sales of over £20 million as well as employed over more than 250 people.
Products by Hawkins Bazaar
Hawkins Bazaar provides a broad range of goods to choose from. They make sure that the gifts and accessories provided by them appeals to people of all ages. Some of the products available at Hawkins Bazaar are as follows:
- Gadgets: Hawkins Bazaar offers a broad range in the selection of various innovative and fun gadgets for kids and adults alike. Since they have tied up with various successful pop-culture properties like DC comics and Star Wars, they provide several action figures and other accessories relating to that media. Some of their best-selling gadgets for both male and female adults are their famous Batman eclipse lamp, batteries, drones with streaming cameras, EQ speakers, Neon light, LEGO Star Wars figures, Boombox, Stormtrooper tins, speed boats and various superheroes logo lights, etc. Moreover, gadgets for kids like remote controlled cars, spinsters, lamp projectors, disco balls lights, headphones and headsets, logo lights, arcade machines, action figures and much more are also available.
- Toys for kids: Hawkins Bazaar is home to some of the best toys for kids. The company caters for a wide selection of toys by considering various hobbies and interests. They sell electronic pets, bath toys, classic toys, soft toys as well as educational toys. Apart from these, they also offer flying, retro and magic toys for kids.
- Remote control accessories: Hawkins Bazaar also provides remote controlled cars and drones with cameras for people of all ages to enjoy. Some of their best-selling toys in this section are drones and helicopters, Syma models, remote controlled cars and boats and Hubsan drones.
- Film and TV merchandises: Hawkins Bazaar has tied up with some of the most well-known pop-culture properties like Star Wars, DC comics, Pokemon, Marvel, LEGO, Harry Potter among others to provide their official merchandises.
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