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Christian toyshop owner puts Sunday over sales

Sat 07 Nov 2015
By Aaron James

The Christian owner of one of Britain's biggest toy sellers has said he refuses to let his stores open on a Sunday because it goes against his faith. 

Gary Grant (pictured above right) owns The Entertainer company, which is one of a number of businesses part of the Keep Sunday Special campaign who are urging the government not to extend Sunday trading hours.

The campaign argues that workers will be unfairly taken away from their families, church and other religious activities, and resting if trading hours are extended.

He told The Guardian: "In everything we do, faith is central to our decisions.

"We have got the ability to put back into society."

Mr Grant became a Christian in 1991 at a men's breakfast, ten years after he took over his first toy shop. He considered becoming a missionary, but decided to go into business instead.

The Entertainer made a profit of £7.8m in 2015, ten percent of which went to charity.

When the financial crash happened in 2008, Gary Grant invited executive staff at The Entertainer to pray with him for the company, the government, and other businesses in difficult situations.

He was surprised when 30 people attended the initial meeting, and they ended up praying every week for four months.

In keeping with Mr Grant's faith, The Entertainer stores also do not sell Halloween-related toys or realistic weapons.

On The Entertainer website, it says the business "only sell toys we believe have real play value, represent good value for money and are suitable for the children they’re made for."


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