Family members, friends and relatives have spent weeks looking for a store that will open its doors to the public.
They are desperate to visit the famous Aladdin’s Cave and are also hoping to find a place to put their children’s toys, as well as buying food, drink and other items, before Christmas.
But for now, they can only look on in horror as the shops across the UK closed down.
Aladdin’s Caves, based in Nottinghamshire, has been selling goods to the UK public since it opened in June 2017.
Its shopfronts are lined with trolleys of goods, from food to shoes to cosmetics.
Its Facebook page has more than 2.5 million likes and is a popular tourist destination, with thousands of people turning up to buy their wares from the shop, and visiting its exhibitions.
Many shopkeepers are trying to reopen the shop to the general public, but the owners have been forced to close their doors because of the economic impact.
We’re going to be the next big tourist destination and it’s very hard to compete with Aladdin.
So that’s why we’ve closed, says Aladdin Caves chief executive, Ben Rifkin.
We don’t have any plans to reopen, but we’re hoping to reopen again in the coming weeks, he said.
A group of about 20 people have set up a Facebook group to help shop owners and staff find new places to store their goods.
The group, known as Aladdin, has organised itself to raise money for the store’s owners.
Its owner, Graham Mott, is also trying to sell the business to a local company.
We’ve been very lucky that we’ve been able to open our doors, he says.
We’ve been in a very tough time, but Aladdin is going to do what it can to help.
Alas, it is very hard for the shop owners to find new customers, who are more than happy to pay a deposit for the items that are sold.
Some of the shops in the area have already closed down, but many others are open to the wider public, although there is no sign of Aladdin at the moment.
There are a few options for people to shop around, such as going to Aladdin and buying items from the main shop, or buying them at a special price on eBay, where there are discounts on items, or on Aladdin itself.
One shop owner, who asked not to be named, said: “I think it’s pretty much the same as last Christmas, but with more excitement and more fun.
It is the second Christmas we’ve had at Aladdin since opening, but this year is different.”
It’s all a bit festive, and people are getting a bit out of their comfort zone.
“One of the most popular things to do in the store is get a Christmas tree, which is now available for purchase.
A second-hand carousel, the “Toad” and “Baby’s Big Fat Surprise” carousel also have been a popular sight at the shop.
Albinists are not the only ones struggling to find enough business, with many stores shutting down.”
I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this,” said Aladdin chief executive Graham Mudd.”
This year, we’re going all out and we’re looking for new ways of getting people in and out of the shop and making sure they get what they want, which has been a real challenge.
“Aladdin has had a lot of hard times, but I can assure you that it will get back on its feet.”
And it’s just as we always say: Aladdin will always be there for you.
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