Dolls house company is sold

The Dolls house Emporium.

The Dolls house Emporium.

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A Ripley dolls house makers will remain in the town - despite being sold to a London firm on Thursday.

Last week company bosses announced plans to sell The Dolls House Emporium on High Holborn Road to national retailers MYHobbyStore , which runs a series of hobby websites covering everything from remote controlled cars to model aeroplane kits.

Its sister company publishes hobby and craft magazines.

Dolls House Emporium’s founder and director of 34 years Jackie Lee has stepped down - but the company is to continue trading under the same name and is expected to remain at its 65,000 sq ft Ripley premises.

However it is believed some staff will be moved to MyHobbyStore’s offices in Peterborough, although the exact number has not yet been revealed.

A company spokesperson said only that “Customers will see very little change.”

Jackie Lee set up The Dolls House Emporium in her basement in 1979.

Back then, her dining room doubled as the showroom and shop.

Now the company has more than 60 employees and counts itself as a leading supplier of dolls’ houses and miniature collectables, with famous clients including Harrods.

Jackie’s eldest daughter Amy will continue to ‘lead’ the ‘award-winning sales and customer service of the company’ according to the spokesperson.

The sale comes a week after The Dolls House Emporium signed a ‘six-figure’ deal to supply Russian toy store chain S&B Toys with its range of doll houses and accessories.