A final good-bye: Toys R Us closes its doors forever

A final good-bye: Toys R Us closes its doors forever

The iconic mascot was pictured in an empty store with his suitcase after spending decades surrounded by children playing with toys.

The origin of the photo is unclear, but may have been staged and taken by a store employee.

Toys R Us posted a touching final message on its last day of business.

She shared photos of empty shelves, vacant shopping carts and a group of employees locking the doors of the soon-to-be shuttered store.

'My heart is breaking, ' Johnpiere wrote.

The toy store chain, which opened in 1948 as Children's Bargain Town, per CNBC, filed for bankruptcy in September and announced in January that it would close 180 stores, according to the Deseret News.




Earlier this year, Toys R Us went into administration.

The company is continuing to operate stores in Europe and Australia, as well as 255 licensed stores and joint venture partnerships in Asia, which were not part of the bankruptcy filing. The store has made many countless peoples' faces light up over the past 70 years.

"I think Geoffrey the Giraffe signifies fun and childhood memories", a zoo representative told CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS.

But several of Toys "R" Us' old competitors are already eyeing to fill the void. 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 & Co.in a $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005.

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

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

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