Belying its name, Saipan Toys, LLC along Middle Road in Gualo Rai doesn’t sell toys—at least the kind that children play with.
The recently opened store actually retails toys for the big boys like sportscars, heavy duty pickup trucks, high-performance motorcycles and dirt bikes, and even smart TVs.
Owner Scott Malin said he created Saipan Toys because he’s simply a connoisseur of “big boys toys” as he himself described them. “I’ve always enjoyed and been a collector of such things.”
He admits that opening a new store—much more a store that sells big-ticket items—is always a risk during hard times. That’s why many had misgivings when he set up Saipan Toys especially in the middle of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Malin, however, is optimistic. “It’s definitely not easy, but it should be good when things pick back up.”
For those interested, Saipan Toys also does financing for small items ($10,000 or less) through Express Financial.
When it comes to abiding by the guidelines of the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, he said Saipan Toys strictly follows them as customers and staff are required to always have face masks on, hand sanitizers are available at the entrance, there are traffic directions inside and signs on the door, and there are clearly marked doors for going inside and outside.
Malin said he appreciates the community’s support in the short time Saipan Toys has been open. “We’ve gotten very good reception so far. We’ve had a wide range of customers. Thank you for all the support we have received so far. We also have container space available if any needs to bring any cargo in from the [United] States,” he said.
Saipan Toys is located across the new U.S. Courthouse and beside Best Car Wash in Gualo Rai. It’s open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For more information, call 788-3381.