The Shops at Music Box has closed the toy store that they operated adjacent to their stores on Thames Street.

“We have chosen not to renew our lease on the property where the Music Box toy store was located,” Jay Lasky of Helly Hansen, Life Is Good, and Music Box, told What’s Up Newp on Wednesday.

The store, which also was once located in Long Wharf Mall, was popular for toys, candy, and more.

“As the retail world changes, and online challenges present themselves, financial decisions need to be made to stay profitable. With the extremely high cost of doing business in Newport , and Rhode Island, the tough decision was made to close that business entity”, Lasky said.  

Both Life is Good and Helly Hansen continue to operate as normal, and are open for business 7 days a week, according to Lasky. 

Future plans for 164 Thames Street are not public at this time.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).