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GRAND TOY HISTORY Printer James Grand first began in the stationery business in 1882 working out of a single room in a Toronto house and selling door-to-door from his wheelbarrow He soon recognized his customers greater needs for more than just stationery and a good idea was born It wasnt long before his early version of an office outfitters business had grown beyond James Grands solo efforts He convinced his brother-in-law Samuel Toy to join him as 13 partner a year later Together they opened the first Grand Toy retail store in Toronto The wheelbarrows were retired out back From such humble beginnings 119 years ago and through a devastating Toronto fire the Depression and two World Wars Grand Toy continued to build their business By consistently improving their product line their ordering methods and meeting the ever-changing needs of a growing clientele Grand Toy expanded throughout the balance of the 1800s and into the 20th century They were selling more than office supplies even then They were selling an unwavering dedication to personal service uncompromising quality and fair pricing By 1959 Grand Toy had relocated to Don Mills a suburb in Toronto The consolidation of its offices furniture and office supplies warehousing and printing departments under one roof was an important development enabling Grand Toy to meet the demands of a robust economic expansion Today with over 2400 employees working in over 90 locations across Canada Grand Toy continues as an innovator and a market leader in the office products industry As Canadas largest commercial and retail office products distributor Grand Toy is equipped to handle every business needfrom the home office to the head office Grand Toy is the largest commercial supplier of office products in Canada They have more than 90 corporate sales and retail locations across Canada employing over 2200 associates MISSION STATEMENTTOGETHER DOING WHAT IT TAKES TO HELP THEIR CUSTOMERS
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