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


As the last of the Toys "R" Us stores readied for final closure this week, workers including store managers with the company for decades decried their plight.

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.

Toys "R" Us has closed all of its stores, with the United Kingdom shops shutting up in April and their U.S. counterparts closing yesterday. Her photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving got the most attention, receiving almost 300,000 shares on Facebook.

I guess everyone has grown up.

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Toys "R" Us posted a goodbye message on it website, encouraging its former customers to "play on". Promise us just this one thing: Don't ever grow up. We will miss our conversations of everything, and nothing, and the dreams we had. She also guessed Amazon may have bought the toys. Shoppers who showed up hoping for bargains didn't seem put out when they arrived and were told that the toys had been sold to a donor. "My heart is breaking", Johnpiere wrote with a photo of the store's sale signs.

Many people have reacted to the images on Twitter, sharing their sadness that a piece of their childhood has been shuttered. "I was surrounded by children".

Another user, @carloslinera22, wrote: 'There are sad moments in life. but this, this broke me completely.

In case you need reminding, here is Geoffrey in happier times. 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.