The Team at Eddie Catz have been navigating our way through these unprecedented times for a total of 137 days that we have been closed.
Despite our best efforts it is with a very heavy heart that we would like to inform our customers that sadly we will not be re-opening the Eddie Catz Wimbledon and Earlsfield venues.
Eddie Catz has been part of the SW London community since 2005 and has welcomed over a million children and families across our venues.
As a small business owner having dedicated the last 15 years of my life to developing Eddie Catz into a national softplay chain the decision not to re-open has been incredibly hard and heart-breaking.
As you may know from media coverage, there is no scheduled opening date for our industry to reopen as a result of COVID-19.
This has been a devastating blow to all indoor softplay operators nationally and the industry is on the verge of collapse.
The small grants we have received are simply not enough to mitigate the ongoing costs of running the company let alone the investment needed to re-open in accordance with guidelines.
With furlough coming to an end, no insurance pay outs and mounting non-negotiable costs, the funds we have are simply not sufficient to keep going any longer.
As you can imagine this is a difficult time for our Team and their families as well as our independent partners who work with and have supported Eddie Catz for many years.
We would like to thank all of our customers big and small, for putting smiles on our faces, celebrating birthdays with us, dancing with Eddie and making our jobs so much fun!
You can still shop our top toy, party and Make a Bear picks here with Eddie Catz online.
We hope this isn’t goodbye forever, but unfortunately it is goodbye for now.
Maria & The Eddie Catz Team