Gone are the days of heading to your favourite toy store in Ottawa to pick out a special Christmas gift or a unique birthday present. Mrs. Tiggy Winkles is closing down for good, and the company is saying goodbye after four decades. The nostalgic toy shop is shutting all of its locations in Ottawa, so I suppose this is RIP to our childhoods.

In a social media announcement on Wednesday, Ottawa toy haven Mrs. Tiggy Winkles revealed that it would be closing down all of their remaining stores next month.

After 40 years in the city, the company announced that the time had come to say goodbye, writing on Facebook, “After much consideration and with heavy hearts, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s will be closing all our stores including our last remaining location in The Glebe next month.”

The emotional post went on to say, “We hope you will stop by our Flagship store at 809 Bank Street over the next few weeks as we plan for many sales and activities.”

No reason was specified for the decision to shut down, but this follows the closure of its Westboro Village location, which is due to close its doors for good on February 29.

The store first opened in the Glebe back in 1977, before going on to have locations in the Rideau Centre, Bayshore Shopping Centre, on Bank Street and on Richmond Road.

The Facebook post thanked three generations of customers for their support over the years, adding, “Our hearts are filled with gratitude. Thank you Ottawa for your support.”

The family business ended their message by sharing a quote from Dr. Seuss. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,” they said.

The store is a nostalgic favourite for many of Ottawa’s residents, and it was clear from the response on Facebook that locals will struggle to say goodbye.

One person replied to say, “What a sad day. Mrs. Tiggy Winkles was an incredible part of my childhood.” 

While another added, “This is heartbreaking. I absolutely adored my time working at the Orleans store over many Christmas seasons and more … The Glebe will feel a little emptier when I visit.”

To commemorate their time in Ottawa, the business intends to erect a “memory wall,” where past customers will be able to write messages and share memories of their childhoods in the store.

Goodbye Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, thanks for the memories!

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