Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Markets | By Jeffery Armstrong

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

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

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

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

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

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The U.S. company first filed for bankruptcy in September 2017 and announced liquidation sales shortly after. Her photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving got the most attention, receiving almost 300,000 shares on Facebook.

Now, WNCN CBS 17 reports that the Triangle Town Center staff are spending their store's last day boxing up the few toys that remain to put on a truck. An employee at a Cary, North Carolina, store, who was not authorized to speak on behalf of the company, said the buyer visited the Cary location to purchase toys.

And the people of the internet are endlessly sad about it, with many taking to Twitter to reveal their heartbreak.

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The liquidation of the largest U.S. toy retailer is a blow to hundreds of toy makers that sold products at the chain, including Barbie maker Mattel Inc, board game company Hasbro Inc and other large vendors such as Lego.

- Well, it's the day we all knew was coming. and now it's here. Toys R Us' troubles have also shaken some big toy makers like Mattel and Hasbro. "I was surrounded by children".

KB Toys, which filed for bankruptcy and closed all USA stores in 2009, is also said to be mulling a comeback.

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