Iconic FAO Schwarz Opens Dublin Store

Credit: Arnotts

The toy store as seen in the 1988 movie Big has opened in Dublin. Iconic U.S. toy retailer, FAO Schwarz has officially opened in Arnotts on Henry Street.

The well-known retailer’s signature store which features the famous walk-on piano, launched in the city’s northside department store on Henry Street this morning.

As a result forty jobs have been created with the opening of the 6,000 sq ft shop, which is the company’s fourth around the world.

It’s one of two locations in Europe and follows the opening of the toy shop at Selfridges in London last week.

The retailer was made world famous when it featured in the 1988 Tom Hanks movie, BIG.

In a statement, Arnotts says customers visiting FAO Schwarz “will experience the same magic and wonderment as the plethora of tourists who visit the New York flagship every day”.

Bosses say the store will bring its “trademark plush stuffed animals, captivating in-store performances and of course, the infamous walk-on piano”.

There is also a replica of the FAO clock tower, giant stuffed animals and a toy train.

The store also features a Build Your Own Race Car station, a Baby Doll Adoption Centre and am ‘FAO Schweetz’ shop.