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Toys “Were” Us: The Closing of Toys R Us

Toys R Us
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Earlier this year, a beloved toy chain that has been held dear to many generations of children and adults, have announced that they will be closing and clearing their inventory. Toys’R’Us, one of the most well-known stores, have announced that all stores that are being operated in the U.S. will be shut down or sold off. The stores’ downfall is similar to what happened to stores that became a household name in the early 2000s such as Circuit City and Blockbuster. Sadly, not too long after the closing was announced, its founder Charles Lazarus, died at the age of 94. The closing toy chain blames big stores like Amazon, Walmart, and Target, for causing its downfall due to their sale tactics and sale blowouts during the holidays. They simply couldn’t keep up with the competition and while the stores in the U.S. are shutting down, its stores in Asia, Canada, and Europe remain strong and dependable businesses and will probably be saved or sold off. This store has brought many kids with great toys and memories over the years and hopefully, the memories stay in the hearts of those who shopped here. The closing of this store surely marks the end of an era.