After 10 years on Main Street, Planet Toys’ Rockland store will be closing permanently after Christmas due to increasing competition from online sales and big-box retailers, according to owners Kit and Richard Aroneau. They  made the announcement Tuesday. Planet Toys’ Camden store will remain open in 2016 while the Aroneaus reassess whether they can effectively reinvent the store to compete more effectively in the marketplace. They plan to make an announcement about the future of the Camden store, which has been open for 25 years, before the end of the year.

 The Aroneaus are one of the owners of the 318 Main Street building in Rockland that houses the toy store, Rock City Coffee and Hello, Hello books. Richard Aroneau said both the coffee shop and the bookstore are well established at the location and will remain. He is currently in discussion with established Rockland businesses who are interested in relocating to the toy store location.

“We are looking for a quality tenant in a growing business,” said Aroneau. “We are not planning on selling the building.”

The Aroneaus have long been promoters of downtown vitality in Camden and Rockland and are advocates of livable downtowns that have mixed commercial and residential neighborhoods that encourage walking and are friendly to people from different economic backgrounds. To that end, the Aroneaus plan to focus attention on a long-held plan to revive and expand the village of West Rockport in the vicinity of Routes 90 and 17. 

The Aroneaus said it was not an easy decision to close the Rockland store, but that it was time to turn their full attention to the West Rockport project, known as Ingraham Corner, which was started 20 years ago.