Toys ‘R’ Us Closes Doors

Toys ‘R’ Us Closes Doors

Toys ‘R’ Us Closes Doors

"I'm never going to have a job like Toys R Us", long-time store employee Patty Van Fossan, 54, from Boardroom, Ohio, told Honolulu Star Advertiser.

An anonymous buyer has spent $1 million to buy all remaining toys from a Toys "R" Us shop in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Toys "R" Us closed the last of its USA stores Friday, ending the chain known to generations for their brightly colored logo and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot.

The photo of a sullen Geoffrey the Giraffe was taken by Rene Johnpiere, believed to be an employee at a Toys "R" Us in Waterbury, Connecticut.

"Empty. Sad that no one goes to brick-and-mortar stores anymore", Jason Sharp said.

People have turned to social media to express their sadness.

In 1965, Geoffrey the giraffe became the company's mascot, appearing in his first TV commercial in 1973. There was also the heavy debt load Toys R Us had to bear after the company was purchased by private-equity firms Bain Capital and KKR & a $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005.

The toy store opened its doors 70 years ago.

An obvious frontrunner will be Party City, which hired Jamie Uitdenhowen, a former top executive at Toys "R" Us, as its chief merchandising officer in December 2017 (three months after Toys "R" Us filed for bankruptcy). The toy retailer is set to close its remaining 200.

- Well, it's the day we all knew was coming. and now it's here.

Jacob Rabon IV tweeted two of the photos with the caption: 'I can't believe childhood is cancelled'.

Are you saddened by the loss of the beloved toy store?

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