Toys R Us fans are lamenting the death of the store — take a look back at what it was like in its heyday

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.

The store has been saddled with debt since a leveraged buyout in 2005 and struggled to keep up with competitors.

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 …


… 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.

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Parents are having a hard time telling their kids that their favorite store is closing …

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… and teens are having a hard time letting go.

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People of all ages are sad to see the store go.

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Some referenced the memorable song heard in early Toys R Us commercials.

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Others mentioned their favorite toys.

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The end of Toys R Us has fans wishing it weren’t true.

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