- Toys R Us is now preparing to sell or close all its US stores as part of a liquidation process after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year.
- The company struggled to keep up with competitors and was burdened with over $5 billion worth of debt.
- Over its more than 60 years in business, Toys R Us gained lots of fans, many of whom are now mourning the death of the store and remembering their favorite childhood memories there.
As Toys R Us nears its end, fans of the store are lamenting its demise.
The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September and officially filed for liquidation early Thursday. As a result, Toys R Us will soon close or sell its more than 700 stores across the US.
Though many Toys R Us fans were aware of this, they’re still heartbroken to see it go.
In 1948 in Washington, DC, Charles Lazarus opened a baby-furniture store that would become the first Toys R Us after expanding into toys in 1957.
In the 1990s, Toys R Us was the biggest toy seller in the US, expanding rapidly as it pushed out smaller chains. But by 1998, things had changed, and Walmart began selling more toys than Toys R Us in the US – a signal of more trouble ahead.
Take a look back at what Toys R Us was like in its heyday:
As Toys R Us prepares to close its doors for good, fans are lamenting the death of the chain and looking back on their favorite childhood memories.
This is what a store in New Jersey looked like in 1996.
It had everything a kid could want. This photo from 2001 shows the Imaginarium section of a New Jersey store.
It had seemingly endless aisles, lined with dolls …
… toys …
… and bikes. It was the perfect place to test them before buying.
The Toys R Us “Big Toy Book” was filled with ads like this one for GI Joe …
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… or this one for the Nintendo 64.
They could all be purchased with Geoffrey Dollars, the equivalent of store credit or a gift card.
Geoffrey Dollars were named after the “spokes-animal” of the store, Geoffrey the Giraffe. Here’s how he’s changed over the years.
Fans everywhere are mourning the end of Toys R Us.
Parents are having a hard time telling their kids that their favorite store is closing …
… and teens are having a hard time letting go.
People of all ages are sad to see the store go.
Some referenced the memorable song heard in early Toys R Us commercials.
Others mentioned their favorite toys.
The end of Toys R Us has fans wishing it weren’t true.
More on Toys R Us’ demise:
- Here’s why Toys R Us couldn’t be saved
- Toys R Us will close or sell all of its US stores
- Toys R Us is closing all its US stores – and blowout clearance sales could begin within weeks
- Toys R Us gift cards will expire in 30 days
- These companies will be the biggest winners when Toys R Us closes its stores
- We visited one of the last Toys R Us stores to open – here’s what it looked like
- Toys R Us says a ‘perfect storm’ killed the toy chain – and it blames Amazon, Walmart, and Target
- Babies R Us stores will close – here’s what will happen to baby registries