UK toy retailer the Entertainer has addressed concerns about Christmas trading and the challenges of switching to an online-only model. The Entertainer has become a staple of high streets up and down the UK. LEGO sets are sold at the dedicated toy shop, but like other retailers it has been forced to close its doors as a measure to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Resources have been moved around, as a warehouse that usually supplies stores is now helping to meet demand for online orders. \u201cWe have 173 shops in the UK and now our only sales channel is the internet,\u201d Gary Grant, the chain\u2019s founder and chairman, told the Guardian. \u201cSales are down by three quarters despite a 10% rise online.\u201d Levels of demand have significantly increased, but social distancing measures have led to the warehouse only operating at 40%. \u201cWe are not going to sit back and let an opportunity pass us by but we can\u2019t suddenly change in a week.\u201d Before the UK initiated the lockdown, the Entertainer offered a \u2018buy one get one free\u2019 deal across all physical stores, in order to bring in as much cash as possible to help keep the business afloat. \u201cOur business is 39 years old but there was a period of time we were unsure if there was a future,\u201d Grant said. A few stores have closed permanently during the lockdown, including the Hammersmith branch. While they have been closed, contractors have stripped stock to be reallocated elsewhere. Even Christmas is raising a question mark for the retailer, as Grant needs to place orders now. \u201cWe need to batten down volumes . At the moment our whole world is cancelled or deferred and the incoming stock is starting to dry up. But now we have got to turn the tap back on. We need the right stock at the right time. It is difficult as I can look at last year\u2019s numbers and do a model but who knows?\u201d To continue to support the work of Brick Fanatics, please buy your LEGO sets from LEGO.com and Amazon using our affiliate links.