Financial restructuring lies ahead.
Wonder!, the Deerfield children’s superstore and activity center in Deerbrook Mall has closed after three months of operation because of financial difficulties, according to a story in today’s Chicago Tribune. The company indicated it will be financially restructured and has hope for the future, according to the article. When the store opened in late October, it championed the concept of being a one stop operation for everything a person needs for children from birth through age 7, according to founder Shane Christensen of Lake Forest.
Local ownership of pioneering company promises all parents might need.
Wonder, Deerfield’s newest store, may have the aura of a large national retail chain but everything about the 135,000 square foot children’s megastore that opened Saturday at the Deerbrook Mall is local. “This is the first store,” Director of Marketing Michelle Goldstein said. It is also the only one so far. “We plan to go national,” she added. Even before more stores are open, a website will be established to offer the store's products over the Internet. The store offers an expansive array of products for children from birth through 7 as well as accessories their parents may need. Among other things, there is baby gear, furniture, bedding, clothing and toys. There is also party space and 1,600 square feet dedicated to a baby registry. …