The decision by the owners of Piccadilly's Toy Shoppe
in Penfield to shut down after 12 years deals another blow to the proverbial "mom and pop" economy in our region and our country. Piccadilly's is one of the larger locally owned toy shops, a business that is rapidly migrating to major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart. Family-oriented shoppers who want to stay out of the malls or the big stores will now need to choose from stores such as Ridge Road Station
in Holley, the Toy Soldier
in Fairport and the new Hands On And Beyond in Pittsford Plaza. Ridge Road Station owner Peter Mills told our reporter, Mary Chao, that his store remains profitable and growing, but he has the advantage of size. Ridge Road Station is about 60,000 square feet and also has a regional following tied to special events tied to Christmas and various train displays. The trends seem daunting, however; Last month one of Piccadilly's co-owners told me that her store buys
certain products at wholesale for the same price that Wal-Mart sells them at retail. That's quite a hill to overcome.