Things got worse in January when Toys R Us announced it would close 182 stores across the U.S. On March 14, the company confirmed that all stores in the U.S. would be closing, ending a 70-year operation. What we found was a manager who didn't want us filming, no Geoffrey, and a pretty good sale on a small selection of toys. There's no more Toys "R" Us kids'. Johnpiere posted several other sad photos of the empty store on Facebook.
Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 reorganization last fall and pledged to stay open, but had poor sales during the critical holiday season as customers and vendors shied away.
People have turned to social media to express their sadness.
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In 1965, Geoffrey the giraffe became the company's mascot, appearing in his first TV commercial in 1973.
This seems to be linked to recent rumors of a Toys "R" Us reboot in the works, which surfaced from a Bloomberg report.
After declaring bankruptcy in September, the chain in March sought a bankruptcy court's approval to start closing its 735 USA stores, with severance payments coming to a halt during the liquidation. And we will smile with invisible tears because a heart is touched with a strong word and you will say: "'It was with them that I had some of the best days of my life"'. "What we're asking is that the executives at Toys "R" Us would allow us to be the stewards of Geoffrey, their mascot, as a way for us to raise awareness for giraffe conservation".