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Learning Express Toys to close Madison store at end of month

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Learning Express Toys of Madison will close its doors.

The owner sent a notice to customers Friday saying she decided to close the store at West Towne Mall in Madison after its lease runs out at the end of January.

Learning Express Toys of Madison says Amazon and other internet-based stores are "fearsome competitors" that are getting the best of them. Owner Catherine Tye also said the Toys R Us bankruptcy "strikes us as a pretty loud (or should I say dying) canary in the coal mine."

Learning Express Toys of Madison says small retailers are becoming "show rooms for online purchasers."

Tye says all gift cards will be honored if you buy anything before the store closes.

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